Eileen Pettit, age 88, passed away peacefully at Bethany Good Samaritan on Tuesday, December 27th. She graduated from Crookston HS and the University of Minnesota, majoring in Business Education. She taught many grades and ended her career at the Brainerd Vo-Tec where she started their medical secretary program. Eileen married Charles (Chuck) Pettit in 1955 and they were blessed with five children. In retirement, they wintered with friends at Carefree Country Club in Florida. Eileen enjoyed watching sports. She loved golf, bridge, and other card games. Eileen was a very good communicator, texting her children and grandchildren frequently. Eileen will be deeply missed. She is survived by children, Kathy (John) Hensel, Nancy (Craig) Holland, Susan Pettit, Mike (Lisa) Pettit, and Jimmy Pettit; grandchildren: Melinda, Breanna, Erick, Laura, Erica, Michael, and Jenna and great grandchildren, Colton, Madison, Jackson, Raleigh, Leighton and Brekken. Eileen is also survived by sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Chuck. Thank you to Melissa from Heartland Hospice, and Jessica and staff at Bethany for their special care. We also thank the Excelsior staff and mom's doctors and nurses for their care. The family will have a private Mass of Christian Burial. Friends of Eileen, please join the family for cake and cookies at Bethany Good Samaritan on January 14, between 2 and 4pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eileen's name can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at 230 E Ohio St, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 or online to https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pulfibfou . Arrangements are with the MN Cremation Society of MN.
Ode to Eileen Pettit
Who was Eileen Pettit (Seabloom). Eileen was deeply committed to family, faith and fun. She had a great sense of humor and was a lover of life. She was a trailblazer. In the late 1940's/50's she ventured to the U of M, became the President of her sorority, graduated, interned in D.C. and traveled throughout Europe. That fearlessness and courage served her well her entire life. Eileen was an avid sports enthusiast who could tell you stats and more with precision. Eileen would bundle up mid-winter and take off with Chuck to the old Mets Stadium to cheer on the purple people eaters in freezing cold outdoor football. Her alumni Gophers, Minnesota Lynx, and the Twins gave her joy all year round. Eileen was well-traveled, sharp as a tack, and she brought those smarts to her teaching career for over 30 years. Her easy going personality fit her life and retirement well. Reading a mystery novel, hopping in the car to the casino, a road trip and world travels suited her just fine. Toward the end of her life, she was fighting the disease of pulmonary fibrosis. However, she didn't let the dust settle under her feet. She looked forward. She fought with grace and bravery. She cherished her family and spoke of hope and trust until the very end. She believed, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Welcome home Eileen.