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Paul M. Petersen, 71 of Willoughby Hills, loving father and dedicated grandfather, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, surrounded by his family at University Hospital, Cleveland. He was born August 19, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Petersen was a Tool and Die Sales Representative for Jergens Inc. and The George Whalley Company for the past 25 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, baseball games, was a member of the Holden Arboretum and enjoyed nature walks. Survivors include his daughters; Lisa Ann Petersen and Holly Ann Basco, grandchildren: Sarah & Nicole Petersen, Branden & Bradley Basco, former wife: Janice (Kenneth) Sysak and his faithful dog: Ike. Preceding Paul in death is his daughter: Lori Ann Petersen, parents; Ralph and Mary Petersen and his dog: Max. A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060. The family will receive friends from 2-5 pm Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Mentor Cemetery, Mentor. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Paul, the family suggests contributions to The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette Street, Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401 in honor of his granddaughter, Sarah Petersen.

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