Peder Pedersen, 83
Lunenburg-Peder Pedersen, a Lunenburg resident since 1944, died on March 21, 2021 at the age of 83.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Pedersen; his son, Chris Pedersen and his fiancé Jennifer Selinga; and his grandchildren, Patrick Gentry, Peder Gentry, Phillip Gentry, Dominic Traini, Devyn Pedersen and Taylor Pedersen. His beloved wife of 43 years, Dorothy M. (Comforte) Pedersen died in 2002.
Peder was born on August 12, 1937, a son of the late Christian and Elin (Juslen) Pedersen. After graduating from Lunenburg High School in 1955, he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College. He taught metalworking, woodworking and drafting at Dracut High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1999.
He said that the smartest move he ever made, besides marrying Dorothy, was becoming a Jehovah’s Witness in 1977. He was very active in sharing his faith with others and served as a Ministerial Servant for 24 years. He and Dorothy traveled to remote areas of the United States to preach, and they opened their home to many fulltime ministers over the years.
Peder said that the best advice his father gave him was, “Take life on as a challenge. Try many things, and everything you try, do it to the best of your ability. If you don’t measure up to someone’s standards, so what! Move on to something else. Everyone can’t be good at everything. At least in your heart you knew you tried the best you could.” Peder followed this advice and loved to tell the stories of his adventures. He was a ski jumper and competed in the Internationals. He learned to fly an airplane. He once held a track record at the Brookline Speedway in stock car racing. He learned and taught ballroom dancing. As a machinist, he became skilled at working to zero tolerance, and turned down a job to work on the Apollo space program because he loved teaching. He earned a journalism award for his work on the Dracut High School Yearbook. He enjoyed bass fishing and invented several bass lures.
Calling hours will be held in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Massachusetts Ave. Lunenburg on Friday March 26, 2021 from 10-11AM. His funeral will be held in the funeral home at 11AM. Burial in North Cemetery, Holman Street will follow.
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John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors
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