Sylvia Petersen

Sylvia “Sy” Petersen, 92, of Winterset died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at her home. 

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winterset, with interment of her cremains will be in the Winterset Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to her family for a future designation.

Sy was born on Feb. 5, 1927, in Shannon City, Iowa, to Eljay and Mary Jane (Carvey) Hathaway. She was married on March 27, 1948, to Herbert Benge at Indianola, Iowa. She later married Harry Petersen on Dec. 26, 1967, at Omaha, Neb. Sy and Harry lived on their farm near Peru for several years, then moved to Winterset, making it their home for the past 40 years. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eljay and Mary Jane Hathaway; brothers, Harlan Hathaway, Murry “Bob” (Iola) Hathaway, Harold (Betty) Hathaway and Charles “Chuck” Hathaway; sisters, Isabelle (Clarence) Griswold, Ruth (Roland) Evans, Rose (Jim) Stuart, Flo (John) Terry, Edith (Dean) Poush, Patricia (Don) Murphy and Althea (Floyd) Housman; and daughter-in-law, Connie Jean Benge.

She is survived by her husband, Harry; children, LeRoy (Sue) Benge, Lyla (Rick) Dunmire, and Steve Benge, all of Winterset; brother-in-law, Richard (Carolyn) Petersen of Maryville, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell-Parrish  Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Online condolences  may be left at