Thomas Patrick Petersen, age 80, of Delano, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, surrounded by his wife and family.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place Friday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Peter Campus, in Delano. Visitation will be one hour prior in St. Martha Hall at the church. Interment with military honors will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Arrangements are by Iten Funeral Home.
Tom was born March 7, 1941, in Minneapolis, to Carl and Marie (Mangan) Petersen.
Tom grew up in Plymouth, where he attended Wayzata Schools. He was drafted into the Air Force in 1962, and served stateside as a medic during the early years of the Vietnam War for four years at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY.
During his military service, Tom returned to Minnesota to be in his brother’s wedding where he met the love of his life, the bride’s sister, Judith Tronrud. He quickly proposed to Judy nine days later.
They wed in February 1965, and returned to New York to finish his four years of service. During that time, they welcomed their first son, Tad.
They moved back to Minnesota in 1966, and welcomed their second son, Shawn, in 1969.
Soon after Shawn’s birth they moved to Delano, where they raised their family and remained into their retirement years.
Tom began working for Northwestern Bell in the mid 1970s, and was an accomplished low voltage technician throughout his career. Tom also learned many trades by working on his home and cabin that he passed down to his sons.
Tom was known as a “people person” and would chat with anyone, anywhere, at any time.
He often entertained families by playing Santa at various events and in people’s homes.
Tom was also proud to become a 4th degree knight through the Knights of Columbus.
Tom, along with his wife, Judy, always put family first and would do anything to support them. He would make sure the extra details were perfect on homemade gifts and projects.
Tom and Judy enjoyed many road trips together, stopping at flea markets, thrift shops, and finding special little cafés. Together, they enjoyed many nights of playing cards with family and friends. Tom also enjoyed car shows, fishing, and hunting with his brothers and sons.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Marie Petersen; brothers, Larry and Greg; and sisters, Carolyn and Mary.
Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy; children, Tad (Lisa) of Maple Lake, Shawn (Angie) of Buffalo; grandchildren, Alissa (Steve) Schallock of Monticello, Colton Petersen of Shakopee, J.T. Petersen of Woodbury, Serena (Bryan) Strelow of Belle Plaine; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Henry Schallock; brothers, Ray (Arlene), Father Vincent, Steve (Laura), Jeff (Pam), Kevin (Theresa); sister, Cecelia; and many nieces and nephews.