Donna Marie Petersen 1931-2013

Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Donna Marie Petersen 1931-2013

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Donna Marie Petersen, 82, of Miller, S.D., died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Miller. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Miller. Friends and family may sign Donna’s online register at

Donna Marie Haeffner was born in Tripp, S.D. on September 5th, 1931 to Jacob and Caroline Haeffner. At the age of one, her parents moved to Miller and she resided there until her death. On September 11, 1948 she married Cliff Petersen, and to this union three children were born.

She worked at Ben Franklin, Red Owl Store, and the Dew Drop Inn. Before retiring Donna did painting for the Manor, Plaza, and Arms. Activities she enjoyed included being a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Women’s Fireman Auxiliary, and taking baked goods to people. Donna felt God gave her a mission to fix Love Boxes for cancer patients because Cliff had survived cancer.

Donna is survived by her husband, Cliff Petersen of Miller; three children, Barbara Petersen (partner Jim Schafer) of Blaine, Minn., Charles (Mary Lou) Petersen of Deer Lodge, Mont., and Judy (Jeff) Haessig of Redfield, S.D.; two grandchildren, Amber (Bret) Lind of Rapid City, S.D. and Dustin Haessig of Miller, S.D.; two brothers, Gene (Mary) Haeffner of Miller, and Dwaine (Eleanor) Haeffner of Columbus, Ohio.

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Donna’s arrangements.