Remembering Marion

To the Editor:

Our community lost a committed volunteer and leader with the passing of Marion Petersen. Marion cared deeply about the future of Sheboygan County and went out and did something about it.

Moving here in 1962 with her husband Norm, she immediately became active in community activities. One of those activities was the creation of the Plymouth United Way literally around her kitchen table in 1962.

Because of the foundation that she helped lay along with many visionary volunteers from the Plymouth area, Sheboygan & Plymouth United Way owes part of its success to her efforts to help others through the organization that started in her kitchen almost 50 years ago. Our community and thousands of others in need are the direct beneficiaries of her energy and desire to help others.

Marion set an excellent example for others to follow for over 40 years in the greater Plymouth area, as the executive secretary and “staff” of the Plymouth Area United Way. Through her life's work and dedication, she conveyed the importance of being committed to principles and ideals greater than one's own personal self-interest. She realized that committed leadership working to improve the community is essential for everyone, especially our children, to have a better life.

It is our hope that young adults may hear of Marion's leadership and her unswerving commitment to our community through the United Way movement. We anticipate that Marion's example and story may help them dream for themselves, about how they can one day create an organization or initiative around their own kitchen table that will improve their community and perhaps one day change the world.

William L. Weissert, CFRE, executive director, Sheboygan & Plymouth Area United Way

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