Earlene Petersen, of DeWitt, will celebrate her 85th birthday Thursday, Dec. 5. In honor of this occasion she will celebrate with a family dinner.
Earlene was born to parents Earl and Hattie Dohrmann Harring in Clinton. She attended country school in rural DeWitt. In 1949 she went to DeWitt High School and graduated in 1953.
On June 2, 1957, she married August Petersen at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. They farmed together for 40 years before moving to DeWitt.
Her children include Jana Bliss and Brice Petersen, both of Burnsville, Minnesota, Sharilyn and Monty Pipkin, of Highland Park, Texas, and Lance and Stacy Petersen and Brent and Robin Petersen, all of DeWitt.
She has 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.