Marcella Petersen, 103, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 18.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1916, in Protivin, Iowa, to Fred and Regina Sobolik Vachta and was raised and educated there.

She was married to Chester Petersen on Nov. 11, 1942, in Reno, Nevada. 

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996. Her son, Bob, also preceded her in death in 2003.

Petersen is survived by her son, Bill Petersen (Sheri) of Gilbert, Arizona; her daughter, Jeanne Whitaker (Larry) of Moab; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at