Shirley Valentine Petersen

February 14, 1929March 24, 2021

Shirley V. Petersen 92, of Westmoreland, NH and formerly of Swanzey, NH, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland.

Her parents, Fred and Olive (Crocker) Randall welcomed their daughter into the world on February 14, 1929 in Whitefield, Maine, giving her a middle name of Valentine in honor of her special day of birth.

Shirley worked at the 3M Company in Connecticut as a machinist; and later in environmental services at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT for many years.

When not hard at work, she enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting, baking, and canning and preserving of her favorite foods.

She is survived by her three daughters Sally Dow of Maine, June Simone of Connecticut and Dolly Jeffery of Tennessee; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and her exceptional caregivers and staff at Maplewood who were with her daily. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Malcolm M. Petersen on January 12, 1998.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:00am in the Mt. View Cemetery, Old Homestead Highway (Route 32), Swanzey, NH. All are welcome to attended and are reminded of the requirement to please wear facemasks and maintain the physical distancing protocol.

In lieu of flowers and in acknowledgement of the exceptional Maplewood staff, the family requests that donations may be made in Mrs. Petersen’s memory to the Activities Department at Maplewood Nursing Home, 201 River Road, Westmoreland, NH 03467.


  • Graveside Service and Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021


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Mary Jensen

April 13, 2021

I always enjoyed hearing Shirley's stories about her childhood. She had tales of her wooden-legged grandfather who made adze handles and her mother who made wonderful snacks for the neighborhood sledders. She talked about the first time she made biscuits on her own as a young girl and how well they came out. She was also proud of her work on the machines at the company she worked at in CT. Shirley was a lovely woman who had an interesting life and who kept her good humor. She will be missed. I am sorry to have to miss her funeral, but I will make a May basket in her honor.