Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Reuben V. Petersen
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Reuben V. Petersen
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
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Language: English
Creator: Estate of Reuben V. Petersen
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
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Subject: Petersen, Reuben V.
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Caribbean
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Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300364
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
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Dn Celebration

of the Life

of

,Reuben

Paldemar

2etersen
1905 1998


Funeral Service
Tuesday,
duly 28, 1998
T'iewing
1Q:00 11:00 am
Service
11:00 am
4JMt. Zion ew rTestament
Church of od
Dnterment
in Western Cemetery #2
St. Thomas,
ZU.S. TVirgin islands

L_______









Survivors
WIFE ... Vera A. Petersen

SON... Stanford Petersen

SISTERS-IN-LAW ... Ruth Odom Petersen,
Ruth Frett Petersen, Alvera Rabsatt

NIECES ... Bernice Joseph, Evelyn Petersen,
Magda Taylor, Tina Boston, Lillian Frett, Doris Frett,
Lawrencia Raymond

NIECE-IN-LAW... Gloria Petersen

NEPHEWS ... Alvin Petersen, Warren Chapman,
Irvin Petersen, Jr., Roy Petersen, Albert Frett, Ricardo Frett

SPECIAL NEPHEW-IN-LAW ... Leroy Malone

SPECIAL GODDAUGHTER ... Lydia Arrindel

SPECIAL FRIENDS ... Dolsena Hedrington, Jafor Stout,
Mt. Zion Ladies Ministry, David Percel, Alden Frett

40 Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews
and a host of other relatives and friends


Tallbearers
Alvin Petersen, Angel Lewis, Evans Petersen, Jr.,
Elbert Petersen, Ashburn Stevens, Jafor Stout


.Zonorary Tallbearers
Leroy Malone, David Percel, Warren Chapman,
Gary Sprauve, Evans Petersen, Emmet Petersen, Elvis Petersen










Survivors
WIFE ... Vera A. Petersen

SON... Stanford Petersen

SISTERS-IN-LAW ... Ruth Odom Petersen,
Ruth Frett Petersen, Alvera Rabsatt

NIECES ... Bernice Joseph, Evelyn Petersen,
Magda Taylor, Tina Boston, Lillian Frett, Doris Frett,
Lawrencia Raymond

NIECE-IN-LAW... Gloria Petersen

NEPHEWS ... Alvin Petersen, Warren Chapman,
Irvin Petersen, Jr., Roy Petersen, Albert Frett, Ricardo Frett

SPECIAL NEPHEW-IN-LAW ... Leroy Malone

SPECIAL GODDAUGHTER ... Lydia Arrindel

SPECIAL FRIENDS ... Dolsena Hedrington, Jafor Stout,
Mt. Zion Ladies Ministry, David Percel, Alden Frett

40 Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews
and a host of other relatives and friends


Sallbearers
Alvin Petersen, Angel Lewis, Evans Petersen, Jr.,
Elbert Petersen, Ashburn Stevens, Jafor Stout


-lonorary Zallbearers
Leroy Malone, David Percel, Warren Chapman,
Gary Sprauve, Evans Petersen, Emmet Petersen, Elvis Petersen

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-Reuben 7aldemar ?etersen


Jlugust 27, 1905 3uly 21, 1998

Reuben Valdemar Petersen, affectionately known as "Pete," was
born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on August 27, 1905 to Rebecca Stout
and Isaac Petersen. At the age of two, Reuben and his mother relo-
cated to Tortola, B.V.I. where he grew up until the age of nine. At the
age of nine, he then relocated back to St. Thomas where he was
reunited with his father, Isaac, and stepmother, Virginia Petersen.
Under their care and guidance, he continued his maturing into a
respectful young man. He had begun his formal education in Tortola
and continued to do well as he attended school in St. Thomas and also
expressed a strong affection for the trade of carpentry and also a
likeness for sailing.
The union of his father Isaac and stepmother Virginia produced two
brothers, Irvin and Alfred and two sisters, Manuelita and Alice, all of
whom preceded Reuben in death. He also was blessed with a maternal
sister, Inger, but she also preceded him in death.
At the age of sixteen, Reuben got the opportunity to fulfill his desire
to go sailing when he went to sea with an old master seaman, Captain
Anthony Stout. After becoming an experienced seaman, he acquired
his own vessel, known as "The Espalda," in 1936 and transported
freight to and from most of the Caribbean islands. In 1942, after World
War II began, he stopped sailing, sold his vessel and returned to St.
Thomas. However, his return home was short-lived because he soon
departed for the Dominican Republic to work as a carpenter. He
always expressed how much he enjoyed his stay in the Dominican
Republic and he spoke the Spanish language fluently. When he finally
returned to St. Thomas again, he worked for Mr. Jerry Bernes Sr. at
the old ice plant for many years as a carpenter. He also worked in his
spare time with his fellow carpenters, building and repairing sail boats
in the old Ross yard. Upon leaving the ice plant, he then moved to the
West Indian Company Dock where he worked as a shipwright, repair-
ing various sizes and types of sea vessels until his retirement.
During Reuben's younger days he fathered one son, born in St.
Thomas, who he named Stanford Petersen. As Stanford grew to man-
hood, he left St. Thomas and currently lives in the United States.
Mrs. Vera Petersen is Reuben's wife of forty-five years. They were
married in the year 1953 and she has been his faithful companion all
through the last forty-five years, always looking out for her "Pete."




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During the early years of his retirement, Reuben was
quite able to enjoy his retirement. He enjoyed his senior
years immensely, but in the latter years, Pete was just a shadow of the
old Pete that we all knew and loved.
On Tuesday, July 21, 1998, he slipped away peacefully from this life
at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital after a long illness. He has earned his
rest. "Rest in peace, Pete, you have earned it."

Order of Service
Moderator. Pastor Earl V. Harrison
OPENING PRAYER .......................... Rev. Colin Hull
HYMN ............................. The Last Mile of the Way
SCRIPTURE READIN: 1 Cor. 15:50-58 ....... Mrs. Gloria Petersen
MUSICAL SELECTION ............... .Mr. Zion Ladies Ministry
EULOGY ................................ Mr. Alvin Petersen
HYMN ..................... When the 11 Is Called Up Yonder
SERMON ................................ Pastor George Best
HYMN .............................. In the Sweet By and By
BENEDICTION









jarewdel

Uncle Ben ... If we follow the family tree, it states that you are my
uncle, but as you and I both knew, you were more like a father to me. It
meant so much to me that you were there for me when I needed you
most; the years of a boy growing into manhood without a father. It was
even more comforting to me to know that you welcomed me into your
heart to have me like a son to you. The relationship was absolutely
perfect and I will never forget my growing up years under your guid-
ance. I will always love you Uncle Ben and I will miss you dearly. I
know that you have lived a full life and it is time for you to take your
leave and it is with this thought that I say "Good bye, Uncle Ben," until
we meet again.
Love always, Alvin

R Religious to the end.
E Excellent human being.
U "Uncle Ben" to many.
B Builder, built his own home and many sail boats.
E Earnest, your word was your bond.
N Noble, in word, thought and deed.
Uncle Ben, because of the way that you lived your life, I know that
you have gone to be with our Lord and Savior. Until we meet again,
Gloria A. Petersen

Farewell Uncle Reuben ... A quiet man, a gentle man, a man who
never complained ... a warm smile, a good word for everyone whose
lives he touched every day. You know in times like these we are often
speechless, but, Uncle Reuben, we would be remiss if we missed the
opportunity to say myself and my family came late into your life. I will
always love you Uncle. Rest in peace until that blessed day.
Niece Bernice, Alexis and family

Our Beloved Uncle Ben ... We have cherished the years you have
been with us, sharing much of your experiences, both good and bad.
You have always been an inspiration to us. We will miss you dearly,
but there comes a time when we must bid farewell.
Lovingly, Evelyn and family
continued









To Pete ... Since we have been here for a short period of time for us
to know you, it was a pleasure. Taking care of you was my job and I
was honored to do so. I did my best and it was sad to see you go to your
rest. With love from us to you, may you rest in peace.
Love, Paulette and Caprice







































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