Agnes Sophia Petersen was born on Dec. 20, 1921, to Carl and Ella (Beers) Halvorsen in rural Otoe County.  
She passed away April 8, 2017, at the Syracuse Good Samaritan Center at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 19 days.
Agnes married William Petersen on March 17, 1946.
She worked at Bill’s side as they farmed near Elmwood in a house with no running water.  
They later moved to a farm south of Syracuse where they raised three children:  Terry, Darrel and Karen.  
In the mid-1960s, Agnes took a job as cook’s helper at the new Good Samaritan Center in Syracuse.  
Later she became City Clerk of Syracuse and continued in that position until her retirement in 1987.
She was a leader in 4-H and of the Jolly Neighbors club.  She was active in the Syracuse United Methodist Church, belonging to the church choir, teaching Sunday School and UMW as well as the quilting group.
Agnes is survived by her sons Terry (Janet) Petersen of Fort Madison, Iowa; Darrel (Debbie) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and daughter Karen (Harry) Heafer of Lincoln; five grandchildren Ashley (Shane) Jacobs, Erin Reitsma, Eric (Samantha) Petersen, William (Simone) Heafer and Bailey (Mark) Feit; five great-grandchildren, sister Violet Whiteaker of Kansas City, Mo., and brother Robert Halvorsen of Lincoln.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, sisters Irene Petersen and Esther Rosenthal and brothers Forrest Halvorsen and Marshall Halvorsen.
Funeral services were to be Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Syracuse. Burial was to be at Park Hill cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church Building Fund or Syracuse Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation was to be on Monday, April 10 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE 402-269-2441
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