Gale Jean Petersen

September 9, 1959June 7, 2019

Gale Jean Petersen died June 7th, 2019 in her Loveland home at the age of 59. Gale was born September 9th, 1959 in Harlan, Iowa to Carol (Palmer) and Carl Petersen. Gale bravely battled Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) all her life and finally found her peace in the early hours of Friday morning. Gale went to be with her God with her mother and sister at home with her. Gale worked for Colorado State University for over 20 years and enjoyed volunteering in her free time. She would often organize community and volunteering events at the CSU campus, notably helping to organize and run snack trucks to help the staff and recovery crews during the 1997 flood that damaged much of the campus. Gale loved to serve hot meals to people and families in need at the Loveland Community Kitchen and assisted in administration and bookkeeping for H.E.L.P. International. Gale’s passions for animals and children brought her to volunteer to guide therapy horses for children with disabilities. Gale also fostered families of puppies for Animal House and Rescue, even adopting her fur-baby, Raz, from the last litter she fostered. Gale loved traveling with her friends and family to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg, CO and enjoyed any excuse to spend time in the mountains, hiking, shopping, and animal watching. Gale loved her family and God deeply. Gale was a remarkable and loving daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, great-aunt and friend to all she met. Her vibrant personality and sense of humor was always a joy to be around. Gale is survived by her mother, Carol of Fort Collins, CO; her sister Lori Malan Evans, CO; her brother, Curt Petersen of Fort Collins, CO; nephews: Michael Malan and Matthew Malan of Fort Collins, CO; niece Lachelle Dugan of Wellington, CO; and great-nieces: Emery, Kaelin and Baby Girl on the way. Gale was blessed with a large extended family and was preceded in death by her father, Carl, and many loving grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to either: The NF Network at or The Wild Animal Sanctuary at in Gale’s name or seek out volunteering opportunities in your community!


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Joy & John Henneberg

June 15, 2019

Gale was incredibly brave dealing with her health challenge. Being part of a study in DC brought her purpose as she shared what had worked for her with others facing what she had already gone thru.
She lived her life by doing for others. There is no greater legacy.
We will miss celebrating with you in Sept dear sister of the heart.
Forever Yours xoxo