Obituary of Jean Petermen (1924 – 2021) – Albany, OR


Jean L. Petermen

February 25, 1924 – August 31, 2021

Jean L. Petermen passed away peacefully in the wee hours of the morning on August 31, 2021. Born February 25, 1924 in Crawfordsville, Jean was 97 years old. She was the third child of George Washington Slavens and Edna (Robnett) Slavens. Her older brother Willis and sister Arreta predeceased her. Jean married her husband Robert (Bob) Petermen on April 6, 1940. Bob died in December 2009, a few months before their 70th birthday. Jean and Bob had four children, a son Edward and three daughters, Carol, Linda and Sarah. They raised the family on Old Holley Road in Sweet Home, before returning to the Brownsville area after Bob retired.

Jean worked for 25 years as a nurse’s aide and later as a ward clerk at the Lebanon Community Hospital. After her retirement, she and Bob spent a few years traveling and enjoying their retirement before Jean followed his passion for helping others and returned to work. She worked for three years at the Fairview Training Center in Salem until the facility closed. She then worked for a short period at the Albany General Hospital before training to become a volunteer state ombudsman in the Albany / Lebanon region. Jean continued to work for several years as a weekend receptionist / grandmother for the YES (Youth Entering Sobriety) house in Albany and later in Corvallis. She retired at the age of 87.

One of Jean’s proudest moments was graduating from high school. Married at 16, she always wanted to finish her studies. She followed that up by taking several creative writing, art and drama classes at Linn Benton Community College. Neighbors in the Holley community will remember the many activities she participated in and the adventures of the pet monkey Jocko, with whom she surprised her family. She always intended to write a book called “Don’t Buy a Monkey on a Whim”.

In their later years, John found solace when and Bob were baptized into the Brownsville Christian Church.

Jean is survived by his four children, Ed Petermen of Brownsville, Carol Carnley of Albany, Sarah Holland of Lebanon and Linda Franklin of Cottage Grove. She and Bob have eight grandchildren, Cindy Hamlin of Scio, Jeff Sanders of New Mexico, Stacie Robb of North Carolina, Scott Winter of Bend, Shelly Harkins of Drain, Toni Kutz of Lacomb and Chris Robin of Portland. Her granddaughter Jeana Plagman of Wyoming predeceased her. They also have fourteen great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren!

The family will be hosting a Celebration of John’s Life on Sunday October 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Brownsville. A light lunch will be served, memories, laughter and tears will be shared.

Posted by Albany Democrat-Herald on September 25, 2021.

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