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PETERSON BROWN, Rosemary On March 26,2018 we lost our mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and counselor Rosemary Peterson Brown (Rosemary Peterson MA MFCC).Rosemary died peacefully at AV Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Fargo N.D. to Mary and George J. Gerlach on Feb. 15, 1943. Rosemary graduated from Shanley High School in Fargo N.D., followed by St. Josephs School of Nursingin Phoenix, Ariz. Her nursing career began in Fargo at St. Johns Hospital where her mother also practiced. Rosemary relocated to Lancaster, Calif. in 1966 and married her first husband, Oliver (Lin) Williams (deceased 2015) and together they had one son, Jeremy, in 1972. She worked as an RN for local Drs Clemmer, Houston, and others.In 1977 she married Burt Peterson (deceased 1990) and embarked on a new career in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.She achieved a B.S. (Health Sciences- Chapman Univ 82), M.A. (Marriage, Family and Child Therapy -CFSC84) and became board licensed in 1986. She had found her calling and her niche and developed a thriving practice, often working late hours to accommodate her clients. Some of her specialties involved working with child victims of abuse as well as victims of violent crimes, and helping people with grief and relationships with themselves and others. She worked with a wide variety of people for a wide variety of reasons and leaves a legacy of people whose lives and hearts she touched, including her family. Rosemary was well loved and was always there. In 2012, after being a widow for 22 years, love found her again in the person of Robert Brown (deceased 2014), whom she loved dearly and married in 2012. They made the most of the time they had until Bobs passing at AV Hospital on March 26, 2014. She missed Bob greatly and joined him on March 26, 2018 Ð the same exact day 4 years later. Rosemary is survived by her son Jeremy Williams (Bernadette), her granddaughters Mannah Williams and Chloe Shoulders, her sister Patricia Witte (Frank), her brothers Gerry Gerlach (Joyce) and Vaughan Gerlach (Wendy), her sisters in law Carol Gerlach and Sharon Gerlach, and numerous extended family and friends. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Al Gerlach and George Gerlach Jr. Rosemary was a longtime and very active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where services will be heldon Friday April 5th, 2018 at 11 am; with a viewing the night before at Halley-Olsen Murphy Mortuary in Lancasterfrom 6-8 pm.

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