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Ethel Mildred Simpson Petroski, 99, died March 22, 2017 in Exeter.
She was born November 1, 1917, daughter of Ada Louise Wood Simpson and Norman B. Simpson.
Ethel graduated from Robinson Seminary in 1935 and went on to be trained as a nurse earning her RN from Lawrence General Hospital in 1939 and earned a post-graduate credential in surgical nursing from Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1942.
She joined the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps Reserve in 1944 and went active during WWII serving on the staff at the Naval Base in San Diego with orders to ship out to the Pacific theatre as the war came to a conclusion.
She married Joseph John “Pat” Petroski in 1949. She joined Exeter Hospital in 1946 and retired as a Supervisor in 1956 to raise her daughter, Ann who survives her. She continued to volunteer for various visiting nurses associations and Christ Church Exeter charities and activities in the following years.
She and Pat loved to share time together playing golf and traveling. They were longtime members of Abenaki in Hampton, N.H.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 25, 2017
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