Michael D. Petersen

November 2, 1955January 5, 2019

Michael Petersen, 63, of Kirkland passed away January 5, 2019. He was born November 2, 1955 in Elgin to Duane and Patricia (Walling) Petersen. Michael lived a minimalist life and enjoyed simple things. He was the kindest, gentlest, and most charitable soul. Michael loved sports, especially the Cubs and Bears. He is survived by his siblings, Pamela Scholer of Huntley, James (Shirley) Petersen of Rockford, Patrick (Joanne) Petersen of Hampshire, Diane Petersen of Dundee, Brian (Jeanette) Petersen of Syracuse, NY, Catherine (Arthur) Composano of South Elgin; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Thomas. There will be a visitation from 10am to Noon on Saturday, January 12 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. A Graveside Service will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Marengo. Memorials may be made to JourneyCare Hospice at For information contact the funeral home at 815-568-8131. Online condolences may be made at


  • Duane Petersen, Father
  • Patricia Petersen, Mother
  • Pamela Scholer, Sister
  • James (Shirley) Petersen, Brother
  • Patrick (Joanne) Petersen, Brother
  • Diane Petersen, Sister
  • Brian (Jeanette) Petersen, Brother
  • Catherine (Arthur) Composano, Sister
  • Thomas Petersen, Brother
  • As well as numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Michael D. Petersen

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Randall Miller

January 11, 2019

To the Family of Michael,

We are so sorry that you lost Michael at an all too early age. May Our Lord reward you greatly for all that you did for Michael in his last days. You may take great joy in the fact that his death was marked by everything that can be hoped for in furtherance of his eternal reward, as well as yours. May you look forward with an assured expectation to being reunited with him eventually, and forever, in heaven with God where you will constantly rejoice in each other's company without end. Barbara and I will include Michael and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim Petrersen

January 8, 2019

Mike, you are already sorely missed. You were a great brother and the most charitable person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I hope the good Lord has taken you under his wings and you can say hi to mom and dad and little Thomas! And don't forget grandpa and grandma Walling who you will be resting next to. My profound love and prayers for you!

Michael Dusthimer

January 8, 2019

Going back to when I was very young, the Peterson's came to California to visit and I remember Mike as being so cool and I had this stuffed rabbit and he took the rabbit and made it clap and make faces and he was very good at making me laugh with this stuffed animal, I still remember this after all these years and the stuffed rabbit name was "Tibi" I will always remember how much that made me laugh when I was such a young kid. May he rest in peace in Heaven.