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Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Petersen, 85

| August 15, 2020 1:00 AM

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Petersen, 85

Bernadine Petersen, “Bernie” to her close friends, quietly passed away of natural causes on the evening of July 16, 2020, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bernadine was born March 21, 1935, in Hanover Green, Pa., to Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Fela.

She was a graduate of Mount St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell, and the Berkeley School in East Orange, N.J.

Bernie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Stephen Petersen; their daughter, Karen; son Eric (wife Angela); and her sister, Florence Smith.

A celebration of her life will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. All are welcome to attend.

For family and friends who cannot attend in person, the celebration will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Visit English Funeral Chapel’s Facebook page and the broadcast will start approximately five minutes before the service.

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In lieu of flowers, Bernie has asked that a donation in kind be made to the Kootenai Humane Society Building Fund to commemorate her love of animals. This can be done by check or online. All donation checks should be made out to: Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835 (may mail directly or to English Funeral Chapel where donation can be forwarded), or online designating the “For” area on the check note: Capital Campaign In memory of Bernadine Petersen (