of the Life
3uly 28, 1998
1Q:00 11:00 am
.At. 2ion -2ew Testament
Church of god
in Western Cemetery #2
'1.S. rTirgin Dslands
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,
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
Alvin Petersen, Angel Lewis, Evans Petersen, Jr.,
Elbert Petersen, Ashburn Stevens, Jafor Stout
Leroy Malone, David Percel, Warren Chapman,
Gary Sprauve, Evans Petersen, Emmet Petersen, Elvis Petersen
Seuben raldemar ?etersen
Jaugust 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."
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
EIYMN .................... When the.1 11 Is Called Up Yonder
3ERMON ............................... Pastor George Best
TYMN ...............................In the Sweet By and By
Uncle Ben ... If we follow the family tree, it states that you are m
uncle, but as you and I both knew, you were more like a father to me. I
meant so much to me that you were there for me when I needed yoi
most; the years of a boy growing into manhood without a father. It wa:
even more comforting to me to know that you welcomed me into you
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.
know that you have lived a full life and it is time for you to take you
leave and it is with this thought that I say "Good bye, Uncle Ben," unt
we meet again.
Love always, Alvi
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 th
you have gone to be with our Lord and Savior. Until we meet again,
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
Perhaps you sent a lovely card,
or sat quietly in a chair.
perhapss you sent a floral piece,
if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
as any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all,
3ust thought of us that day.
CWhatever you did to console our hearts,
CWe thank you so much, whatever the part.
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