Marianne Petersen

As many Riversiders know, the village is celebrating the 150th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted’s General Plan of Riverside. But that might not seem so impressive to Marianne Petersen, who has lived in the village for almost half that time and turned 100 herself on April 30.

 Petersen was born in Chicago in 1919 and attended Chicago Public Schools. Prior to marriage, she worked at Carson Pirie Scott, the Chicago Bar Association, Schwimmer and Scott advertising Agency and the Borg Warner Corporation. 

As a resident of Riverside she worked at an Eaton Yale and Towne Sales Office, then located in the Arcade Building.

After living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Petersen and her husband, Harold, moved to Riverside in 1949. In 1951, she gave birth to their son, Lawrence, who attended Riverside schools and graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School in 1969.

Initially, Marianne and Harold rented an apartment on Forest Avenue. They then purchased a home on Pine Avenue in 1957.

During her lifetime, Marianne has been an avid bridge player, and she golfed well into her 70s, participating in ladies leagues at the Oak Brook Golf Club and the now-defunct Timber Trails Golf Course.

And, she was able to bowl into her early 80s participating in a ladies league originally at Rolling Lanes in Countryside that later moved to the now-defunct Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook.