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Edna Beverly Rabehl Peterson

September 15, 1926 - March 9, 2015

A memorial service will be held at Elim Lutheran Church, 504 Baker St, Petaluma, CA 94952 on March 28, 2015 at 1pm.


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Edna Beverly (Peterson) Rabehl passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015, at Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael, California, at the age of 88.
Beverly was born to Ernest Emanuel and Bertha (Dahle) Peterson in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on September 15, 1926. Her mother emigrated from southern Norway with her two sisters at the age of sixteen. Her father, the son of Swedish immigrant parents, was from Elmdale, MN. While growing up in Grand Forks, Beverly attended Winship Elementary and Central Junior and Senior High Schools. Following her graduation in 1944, she attended a telegraphers’ school in Grand Forks sponsored by the Great Northern Railway. At that time the railway company was holding classes to teach young people Morse Code and to train them to use the telegraph equipment to keep their trains running, because most young men were serving in the armed forces and companies needed replacement employees to continue the work. Also, the government was using the trains to transport troops. Beverly’s first job assignment was at a small depot at Pleasant Lake, ND. Other places she worked were Osakis, Rothsay, and Moorhead, all in Minnesota.
While she was a telegrapher, she met her husband, Carsten Charles Rabehl from Alexandria, MN. He attended daytime classes for undergraduate studies at St. John’s University and worked evening shifts as a telegrapher for the Great Northern Railway. Beverly and Carsten exchanged messages using the telegraph. They were married on June 2, 1948.
In 1953 Carsten joined the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1972 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Beverly fulfilled her role as an officer’s wife while they were stationed at many air bases in the United States, France, Germany, and England. While in Europe, Beverly and her husband traveled to various countries. On a trip to East Berlin, Beverly, and a few other souvenir hunters, took the opportunity to gather chips of the Berlin Wall while a communist guard perched on top of a building and carrying a burp gun peered at them through binoculars. They retired in Novato, CA. Beverly moved to Middletown, CA, after Carsten’s death, and later to Sonoma, CA, where she resided until her death.
Beverly was an avid reader and liked to travel. She was pleasant, cheerful, well-liked and a fun-loving person. She made many trips to North Dakota, Washington, and North Carolina to visit her family, and traveled to many places with family and friends. A highlight for Beverly was to join her siblings and other relatives on an annual trip to the Hostfest in Minot, ND. One year all seven Peterson sisters attended, and they were featured on Minot TV. Beverly was caring, loving, and thoughtful to her family, friends, and her children, Carsten Peter, Richard Alan, and Mimi Josette. She will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched throughout all the years she lived.
She is survived by one daughter, Mimi (Steve) Pallas, Petaluma, CA; one granddaughter, Kiersten Jade Rabehl, Benicia, CA; one daughter-in-law, Zi Fen “Micki” Rabehl, Benicia, CA; one step-granddaughter, Annie Weng,Vallejo,CA; three sisters and one brother: Alma Peterson, Tacoma, WA; Clarence Obert Peterson, Grand Forks, ND; Colleen Delores Erickson, Jamestown, ND; and Dona Peterson, Grand Forks, ND; brothers-in-law: Brig. Gen. Theodore Crichton, Greensboro, NC; and Duane Svanes, Kintyre, ND; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, two sons, and her parents; father and mother-in-law, Walter and Elsie Rabehl; infant brother, Clarence Oliver Peterson; three sisters: Evelyn Wolfgram, Stella Crichton, and Frances Svanes; two brothers-in-law, Wilmer Wolfgram and E. Myron Erickson; and one sister-in-law, Margaret (Haugen) Peterson.
A memorial service will be held at Elim Lutheran Church on March 28, 2015 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Parent Hospital Association at the Sonoma Developmental Center, P.O. Box 237, Eldridge, CA 95431.