Rev. Greta "Marlene" Peterson

July 21, 1931 - October 17, 2017
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Rev. Greta “Marlene” (Major) Peterson, 86, of New Philadelphia, passed away on October 17, 2017, after a three-month illness, while in the excellent and loving care of the Truman House staff of Community Hospice at New Philadelphia.

A daughter of the late Francis “Frank” M. and Lucille E. (Laird) Major, Marl…

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Rev. Greta “Marlene” (Major) Peterson, 86, of New Philadelphia, passed away on October 17, 2017, after a three-month illness, while in the excellent and loving care of the Truman House staff of Community Hospice at New Philadelphia.

A daughter of the late Francis “Frank” M. and Lucille E. (Laird) Major, Marlene was born in New Philadelphia on July 21, 1931. In 1949, Marlene graduated from New Philadelphia High School, and two years later enrolled in Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She was elected to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” worked two summers for the Inner City Protestant Parish in Cleveland, and earned a BA in Psychology and Religion in 1956.

By 1960, she had earned a Master of Religious Education degree from Boston University School of Theology in Boston, MA. While there, she also met and married Rev. Robert L. Peterson, and together they had four children and served United Methodist churches in Wooster and Boardman, Ohio; and Brooklyn and Patchogue, New York.

In 1973, Marlene returned to this area as a Director of Christian Education for the First United Methodist Church of Dover, and later, the First United Methodist Church of Akron. In 1985, at age 54, she returned to school at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, while serving three country churches in Oceola, Lemmert and Plankton, Ohio. In 1987, she received the Master of Divinity degree and was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church. After graduation, she worked in full-time ministry for churches in Centerburg, Brimfield and Canton, Ohio.

Marlene traveled to many countries, including a Bishop’s trip to represent United Theological Seminary in Zimbabwe, Nairobi and Liberia, Africa; and later represented the Board of Global Ministries on a Peace trip to Russia.

Of her many accomplishments, she was perhaps most proud of her Singles Ministry, serving at United Methodist Churches in Akron, Canton, and First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia, where she was also an associate pastor. Marlene touched the lives of hundreds of singles, creating a Divorce Recovery program of counseling, teaching and providing social opportunities for those divorced, separated, widowed or never married. It was her passion to help singles be happy as singles.

Marlene is survived by her beloved family: sister, Barbara (James) Reese of New Philadelphia; children, Beth Peterson of New Philadelphia, Bob Peterson of San Rafael, CA, Sue (Jose) Gomez-Benito of Simi Valley, CA, John (Karen) Peterson of Brighton, MI; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

An 11 AM memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at First United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia, with Pastors James Humphrey and Jon Long officiating, and a reception to follow. Family will greet guests an hour beforehand at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to The First United Methodist Church, 201 W. High Ave., Otterbein United Methodist Church, 156 Beaver Avenue NE, or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, all of New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

First United Methodist Church

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201 West High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

First United Methodist Church

Address:

201 West High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017

First United Methodist Church

Address:

201 West High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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First United Methodist Church - NP

201 W. High Ave.
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Otterbein United Methodist Church

156 Beaver Avenue NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: July 21, 1931
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Patty Stewart posted on 12/2/17

Marlene was a wonderful person and I thank God I had met her. She was a very kind and caring person. I thought a lot of her, and I enjoyed talking with her about the things of God. I believe she truly was a blessed lady as well as a blessing to others. I wished I had more time to spend with her. I had many more things that I wanted to know. The last time I saw her walking her new little dog, I shared with her how much I believed God blessed her life. She was very humble and laid a blessing on me! God bless her children, grandchildren and all their families.

 

The Ball Girls (Linda, Debbie and Susan) posted on 11/26/17

Sending our sincere condolences to John, Bob, Beth, Sue and families. Marlene was always there for mom and we will be forever grateful. She was one of kind!

 

Barb Ball posted on 11/26/17

Deepest sympathies to John, Beth, Sue, Bob and families. Marlene was a true friend since high school and I will miss her very much. God Bless you all.

 

Gale Muckley RN posted on 11/24/17

Beth, Bob, Sue and John, I send my deepest sympathies to you and yours during this difficult time. Its was such an honor to care for your precious mother during her journey. She truly blessed us by sharing her stories and laughter with us at the Truman House. This little lady left a lasting imprint every where she went, Truman House included. She became family to each of us, as did you all. We think of her and you often, hoping you all are doing well. She was so very proud of each of you and talked of you often. She loved hard and true with every ounce of her being. She was so proud to be your mom. Her face lit up the second your names were mentioned or when you entered the room. I know she is smiling down on you all with pride and adoration this holiday season. I am sadly out of town that weekend and unable to attend the memorial for this beautiful soul. Please know her graciousness and spunk for life has left a lasting mark on me. I will always hold her memories close to my heart and think of her every time I see Dug. She was a beautiful beautiful soul. Continued prayers for strength and peace during this first holiday season, God bless you all. Gale Muckley RN - night shift

 

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