Patti G. Petersen of Kalamazoo passed away on December 11, 2020. Patti was born August 20, 1955 in Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Donald and Lillian (Perkins) Elkins. Patti graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1973 and was wed to Michael A. Petersen on January 24th, 1975. They had two daughters, Jamie and Lacy. Patti was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and caregiver. She loved animals and provided sanctuary for countless stray animals throughout her life. She was a hard worker who was employed by Kalamazoo Public Schools where she developed countless long-term friendships and impacted many young lives throughout her career. Patti remained a staple within the KPS System throughout her retirement. She loved her family and enjoyed doting on her Grandson, Oliver, while maintaining her lifelong policy of an open home where family and friends were welcomed to drop in. Throughout her life, Patti remained an integral hub of stability and support for both her family and her community. Surviving Patti are her daughters Jamie Raymond & Lacy (Sean) Wallace; grandson, Oliver Raymond & his father Jeremy Raymond; siblings, Sharon (James) Staley, Beverly McKinney, Jerry Elkins, and a large extended family. A memorial may be scheduled when gatherings are once again safe. In honor of her love for animals please make memorial contributions in Patti's memory to SPCA of Southwest Michigan, c/o the funeral home or on their website at https://www.spcaswmich.org. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.