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Obituary for Donald R. Petterson

Donald R. Petterson, 93, of Essex Junction, VT, passed away peacefully at Saint Mary Home in West Hartford, CT on April 28, 2023, after a short illness. He was born on February 11, 1930 in Queens, NY, son of the late Reinhardt and Signe (Clifford) Petterson. Donald proudly served his country in the US Army. He worked at IBM in Essex Junction for 26 years in their Facilities Department as an Architectural Draftsman. He was a dedicated member of the Lions Club for 20 years, serving as the longtime Secretary of their annual Horse Show in the 1970s and 1980s. In his later years, he was a devoted caregiver to his wife Mary. Don was an avid reader throughout his life, and was a regular patron of the Lincoln Inn and Quality Bake Shop, both of which gave him much pleasure and companionship. His creative drawings and puns, on envelopes that he sent to many a friend and family member, spoke to his lifelong sense of humor and kindness.

Donald is survived by his son, Paul Petterson; daughter-in-law, Vidya Ganesan; and grandchildren Ganesh Petterson and Maya Petterson, all of West Hartford, CT. Donald was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Mary Petterson, in 2007.

Don’s family would particularly like to thank Pamela, Jeff, Greg, Lucy, Betty, Barb and Skip, as well as other neighbors, and the staff of the Quality Bake Shop, for the friendship and care they gave to Don for many years.
A private graveside service will be held in the family lot in Fairview Cemetery, Essex Junction, where full military honors will be accorded. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.