Audrey Petersen

Audrey Mae Petersen, 80, of Hokah, Minn., passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home.

She was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Caledonia, Minn., the daughter of George and Anna (Klinski) Middendorf. She married Fred Petersen in 1954.

Audrey was a devoted wife and mother. She worked hard to raise her family and have a full-time career. Audrey dedicated 60 years of her life to serving the Houston County community, working in several different positions at the Houston County Courthouse. The last 25 years of her career, she served as County Treasurer. Audrey retired at age 79 as she truly enjoyed her job and the community she served.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; her six children, Elaine Mehdizadeh, Savage, Minn.; Wayne (Kelly) Petersen, Spring Grove, Minn.; David (Diane) Petersen,  Hokah, Minn.; Sharon (Fred) Schmelzer, Holmen, Wis.; Shirley (Dan) Levendoski, La Crosse, Wis., and Nancy (David) Beier, Hokah; her 13 grandchildren, Bruce (Kristina) Mehdizadeh, Ben, Karleigh, Cody, and Lydia Petersen, Deana, Darcy, and Dedra Petersen, Ericka and Heidi Schmelzer, and Derek, Nathaniel, and Aiden Beier; and her two great-grandchildren, Behruz and Leila Mehdizadeh.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; her two sons, Robert and Fred Jr.; her brother, Lamoine “Butch” Middendorf; and her son-in-law, Reza Mehdizadeh.

Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Brownsville Community Center, 104 N. 6th St., Brownsville, Minn. Rev. Mark Solyst will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Hokah. Friends may call at the Brownsville Community Center on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at