Eva Jean Petersen, 92, of Catawba Island passed peacefully from this life at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, on Saturday, Feb. 22. She was born in Danbury Township, the daughter of the late Eugene and Eva Henrietta (Barnholt) Vollmer, and graduated from Danbury High School. On Feb. 24, 1940, she married Richard N. Petersen, who preceded her in death in 1980.
Catawba's Orchardside Motel was her creation and career. She began her business in 1956 and operated it every summer until closing in 2009.
In 1951, she started the Children's Conservation League (CCL Mother's Club) and brought girl scouting to Catawba. She was a member of the Catawba Island Fireman's Auxiliary and St. John's Lutheran Church in Port Clinton.
Survivors include her children Sharon (Mike) Heinberger and David (Barbara) Petersen, all of Danbury; friend and companion Frank Shamrov of Maple Heights, OH; grandchildren Lori (Bob) Dininni of Columbus; Kimberly Jacobs of Hopkinton, MA; and Russell (Sarah) Petersen of Sheboygan, WI; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances (Stensen) Petersen and brother, Lawrence (Helen) Vollmer.
Eva Jean was a devoted mother whose love and support never wavered. She was always there to guide her children and to smooth and make their way easy. She will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead, where visitation will be held Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Burial will be in Catawba Island Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Danbury Boy Scout Troop 331 or Catawba Island Fire Department.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com.