Sissel Hedvig Peterson
Mar 1, 1922 – Jan 20, 2019
Sissel Hedvig Peterson
Sissel Hedvig Peterson passed away on January 22, 2019 at the age of 96.
Sissel was born on March 1, 1922 in Haugesund, Norway. She came to the US in 1925 with her parents, Magnus and Elisa Almaas, and siblings Olaf and Else. She had an idyllic childhood in Alderwood Manor, despite the Depression. She graduated from Edmonds High School and went on to Peterson Business School. At a USO dance in Seattle, she met Axel Peterson. One of the things he loved about her was that she played the accordion! They married in 1945 at Ballard First Lutheran Church. They started married life in a charming little house on 13th Ave NW, with Nancy arriving in 1952 and Norman in 1955. The family had a house built on Sunset Hill in 1956 and created a welcoming home, filled with music, friends, parties and lots of love.
Sissel was active in the North End Flower Club, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle, the Leif Erikson Lodge, the Norse Home and the Nordic Heritage Museum. She grew gorgeous roses, was a Girl Scout Leader, square danced with Axel, stitched beautiful Hardanger pieces and loved going to Holden Village. She was a creative being and expressed it in so many ways.
She was so proud of creating the group, Tre Norske, with Juanita Holmes and Megan Eymann. Sissel played the accordion, with Juanita and Megan on violin. They played together for 20 years. The group continues and is a true legacy of Sissel’s love of Scandinavian music and her desire to share it with others. In some circles she was considered “the accordion queen of Ballard.” She was selected as honorary grand marshal for the Syttende Mai parade in 2012.
Many, many thanks to Providence Hospice of Seattle for helping Sissel stay in her home in the last year of her life. Special thanks to Marguerite, Mo, and Genine for their loving help, and to volunteers Terry and Sandon.
She was preceded in death by her beloved Axel, brother Olaf and sister Else. Sissel is survived by daughter Nancy, son Norman, and honorary granddaughters Kellie, Mary, and Sonja.
A memorial service for Sissel will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 11:00 am at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle. Graveside services will be at Evergreen Washelli at 9:00 a.m.
In remembrance of Sissel, consider donating to Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church or the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle.
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