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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Stephen Eberhard Petersen

February 3, 1955December 15, 2019
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Beloved father, grandfather, brother, and son passed away on December 15, 2019, in Fairfax, VA. He is survived by his mother, Ingse Petersen, daughters Michele Petersen and Julia Petersen Zlatanovic, grandchildren Abigail, Eleanor, Helena, Sophia, and Alexander, former spouse Shawneen Petersen, and by his brother Thomas Petersen.

Stephen was a talented carpenter who could build or fix just about anything. He built big things, like his family home, and small things, like his daughters' last minute school projects. He was proud of his Danish heritage, and passed on many traditions to his daughters, including a love of long Sunday lunches with open faced sandwiches and rice pudding at Christmas. He loved the simple things in life: grilling outdoors, watching football, discussing politics, going to the beach, and, above all, spending time with his family and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad St., in Falls Church from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 22, 2019

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Patricia Ferry

December 22, 2019

Stephen Petersen was my brother-in- law. I knew him for thirty-one years and throughout that time he was always warm, affectionate and caring. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. Stephen had the rare ability to project a calm demeanor even in the midst of situations like our family get-togethers where the rooms would be full of loud and rambunctious children. He was devoted to his family and his Danish heritage. I, along with his nieces Kirsten and Heidi, will miss him and we send our love to the entire Petersen family.

Diana Moore

December 21, 2019

I first knew Stephen when he was fifteen years old when he became a boyfriend of our daughter Shawneen. He was mature for his age, helpful, pleasant - a fine person. He was the only person I knew who built his two story house room by room. He was a dedicated father to Michele and Julia. I shall miss him!

Brett Moore

December 20, 2019

I too was impressed with the British roadster Steve drove while he was still in high school and the fact that he bought a house in Arlington when he was only 21 years old—all based on his individual resourcefulness. Anyway, the Steve I knew was genuinely affable, had a great sense of humor, was eager to help others, was great with children, and was very proficient at building and fixing things. He will be greatly missed....

Monica Bazarek

December 19, 2019

I met Stephen in 1970, so I have quite a few memories of him. First, as my sister’s handsome and cool boyfriend, with his long hair and sports car. Then, as my dear brother-in-law. No matter how old I was, Stephen loved to poke fun at me. I would poke right back. Stephen was smart, kind, funny, interesting, giving, loving, caring and so much more. I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

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