Janet Sylvia Petterson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo


Date: Friday February 28, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Memorial Service

Date: Friday February 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Zumbro Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo

Janet Sylvia Petterson

Janet “Jan” Petterson, 84, of Rochester, MN, formerly of Havre, MT, died Thursday, January 23, 2020 at her residence. Jan was born on September 13, 1935 in Eau Claire, WI to Clifford and Lucille (Duffenbach) Kragness.

She graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1953 and received her Certification as a Registered Nurse from Luther Hospital School of Nursing in 1957, after first studying one year at the University of WI Eau Claire. During her final year of school, Jan met the love of her life – Leroy “Roy” Petterson – who was a patient at Luther Hospital after a bad skiing accident. They were married at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI on her birthday in 1958. Shortly thereafter, she and Roy moved to Havre, where they resided for 59 years. Jan continued nursing at the Deaconess Hospital until the birth of their first child – while Roy opened a dental practice. Jan also worked as Dr. Petterson’s bookkeeper and after the children were of school age, Jan expanded her duties at the dental practice to also be the receptionist.

Survivors include her daughters, Tanya (Scott) of Rochester, MN and Lisa (Ed) of Portland, OR; son, Krag (Tracy) of Tualatin, OR; sister, Mary (Manley) Johnston of Dellwood, MN; brother, David (Linda) Kragness of Fall Creek, WI; four grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. She is preceded in death by her husband Roy, brother Roger (Betty) Kragness, and her parents.

Jan loved baking - and eating - cookies, especially chocolate chip.

The Memorial Service for Jan will be at 12:00 pm on February 28, 2020 at Zumbro Lutheran Church, with Pastor Vern Christopherson officiating.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery of Havre, MT at a later date.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice.


The family of Janet Sylvia Petterson has received the following condolences.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Tanya, Lisa and Krag on the loss of your mother and father. We recently learned of their passing and wish to extend our condolences on the passing of both. We would like to also include our sympathy to Mary, David and and families. We will not be able to attend as we now live in Prescott Valley, Arizona. But know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you all. 

Dear Tanya, Lisa, Craig and families

So sorry for your loss.  God bless you all.

Our memories are many, our love for family is great. Ed and Cheryl will be joined forever and at peace in the arms of God.

Love to you all, 

Cornelia Chinske 



Lisa and family:

   Thinking of you at this sorrowful time. I remember both your mom and dad and hanging out at your house in Havre. I lived in Beaverton for almost 10 years - wish I would have known you were there. Take care,  

Jeri Kudrna Beck