PETERSEN—Donna Laurene Stonefield Petersen passed away on November 18, 2021, at home with family at her side.
Donna was born April 27, 1931, to Fred and Luttrell Stonefield of Florence, Ore. She is survived by her sister Neva Lewis and her two daughters, Sharon Stanton and Janet Petersen-McKnight (Brett); four grandchildren, Jeff, Jason, Hans and Macie; and five great-grandchildren.
Donna was raised on Cape Creek, north of Florence, on the family homestead which is now part of the Heceta Head Lighthouse and State Park. She shared stories of the Lighthouse Keepers and the building of the Cape Creek Bridge and tunnel.
Donna was in the Class of ‘49 at Siuslaw High School. She married Hans Martin Petersen Jr. on Nov. 3, 1948. Donna and Hans were partners with two of Hans’ brothers, Martin and Lloyd Petersen. Together they owned and operated Berry Creek Construction Company.
When construction projects slowed in the winter months, Hans and Donna enjoyed pulling their travel trailer down into Mexico and vacationing during the 1960s. Later, they traded Mexico for Arizona, where they enjoyed warmer and drier winters.
Following the passing of her husband Hans, Donna began a business partnership with her friend, Sharon Hockema and opened Kitchen Klutter on Bay Street in Historic Old Town Florence. Later the two would move on to open another business on Bay Street called Incredible Edible Oregon.
When Incredible Edible Oregon sold, Donna teamed up with family friend Shirley Brog and Suzi Bennett and opened Family Tyes on Bay Street.
In 1994, Donna married Lloyd Guyett of Florence. They moved to Central Oregon in 1996 to enjoy the high desert, golfing and retirement living. After Lloyd’s passing, Donna returned back to Florence in 2017 to be closer to family, friends and her love of the beach.
Donna enjoyed life with a smile and was always ready for adventure and fun. She loved spending time with her family, whether it be Christmas shopping with her girls or going to the beach with her grandchildren. She was active and involved in the Florence community, from her childhood to her enthusiasm at starting new businesses. She also was involved in the Florence Lady Elks, Florence Boosters and Jay Cee’s. Florence was and will always be deeply rooted in Donna’s life.
Donna lived a full and rewarding life, which she shared with her family and her friends. No matter where she was, she always called Florence home. May God bless her as she rests in peace here in Florence.
A memorial open house will be held on July 30, 2022, at Ocean Dunes Golf Course club house, Munsel Lake Road in Florence, from 1 to 3 p.m. The family invites friends and acquaintances to stop by and join the celebration of Donna’s life.