Written by The Herald-News
Pamela Rae Petersen, 55, of Culbertson, died at her Scobey residence on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Pam was working for the Scobey Medical Center during the week.
She was born Feb. 2, 1958, in Kenmare, N.D., the fourth of six children born to Harley “Deane” and Florence (Bauer) Lautenschlager. She started school in Westby, moved to Ryder, N.D., Kenmare, N.D., and back to Westby where she graduated from high school in 1976.
She attended the University of Montana and Williston State College where she met Clay Petersen. They were married in 1978. From this union, two children, Christopher and Amy, were born. They lived and raised their children on the Petersen farm near Culbertson. Earlier this year, they moved into town and their son, Christopher, took over the family farm.
She started her career at Roosevelt Memorial Hospital in Culbertson as a nurse’s aide and worked her way through several departments. She developed a keen interest in radiology which led to her pursuit of an X-ray technician degree which she earned from Weber State University. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a traveling X-ray technician and took her skills to several communities within eastern Montana and western North Dakota. Her expertise was also put to use at the Sidney Health Center in Sidney, Fairlight Medical Center in Williston, N.D., and Daniels Memorial Healthcare Center in Scobey. Never turning down a challenge, she also served as the compliance officer for Daniels Memorial Hospital in Scobey.
She demonstrated her love of community as a passionate member of the Culbertson Ambulance volunteer team for over 25 years.
She enjoyed visiting with friends, relatives and neighbors and loved coming up with ways to put a smile on everyone’s face.
She enjoyed reading a good book with much follow-up discussion, cross stitching, crocheting and cooking with Clay. She never passed up a road trip with her friend Ramona and her camera.
She was active in her children’s activities serving as a Cub Scout den mother and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher. A proud mother, with camera always in hand, she attended her children’s every concert and sporting, 4-H and FFA event. She was especially excited with the family growth spurt and spent hours with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Clay Petersen; children, Christopher and Amy Petersen; two grandchildren; her parents, Deane and Florence Lautenschlager; and siblings, Paulette Dailey, Patricia Manus, Paul Lautenschlager, Phebe Applegate and Penny Knutson.
Her Funeral Mass was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Culbertson. Fr. Martin and Brother Bede Baldry, F.S.C. con-celbrate the Mass. Cremation followed the service. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date at the Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.