George Petrina, Jr.

06/05/1917 — 07/09/2005

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Cudahy, Wisconsin

George Petrina, Jr.

George Petrina, Jr. died peacefully on July 9, 2005 at home in West Richland, WA. George was born in Cudahy, WI, to George Petrina, Sr. and wife, Mary. He was the oldest of their 5 children. He was raised in Wyoming and was a coal miner as a young man. There he met and married Frances Tootie Van Valkenburg on Jan. 15, 1940. In Aug. 1940, they moved to Bremerton, WA and worked in the Bremerton Navel Shipyard during WWII.

George and Tootie later moved to Silverdale, WA, where George owned and operated the Silverdale Varity Store until 1968. George retired later from Central Kitsap School District in 1981. In 1995, George and Tootie moved to West Richland, WA spending their summers in Washington and the winters in Tucson, AZ.

George was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Paul and son, George R. Petrina. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Tootie Petrina of West Richland, daughter and son-in-law, Mel and Fay Johnson of Tucson, AZ and his son’s widow, Marj Eygabroad also of West Richland, WA. Four grandchildren: Brian and Tyrone Johnson of Tucson, AZ, George H. Petrina, Deer Park, WA and Valerie Taylor, Richland, WA. Sisters: Mary Pry, Spokane WA, Margaret Kondziela, Stockton, CA and Marjorie Miller, Woodbridge, CA. In addition, 9 great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005, at Einan’s Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • Our sympathies to you Tootie

    and the rest of your family.

    Will write. Jeanne

    Stanley & Jeanne Tominc
    November 4, 2014
    Rock, Springs, Wy., 82901, US
  • Just read about George my condolences to you and your family. I still remember the many happy times we all spent together especially at the class reunions.

    With sincere sympathy

    Mary Guariz Bertagnolli

    November 4, 2014
  • Grandma,

    I love you with all my heart and my deepest sympathy goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    Love Valerie

    Valerie Taylor
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • “Mom”,

    You and Dad were the best in-laws anyone could ever ask for. I truly loved you both from the first moment we met. Accept my most heartful sympathy for your loss. You are in my daily prayers, and in my thoughts constantly.

    Love Always,


    Gerri Soehnlein
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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