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In memory of Ann Petersen


Ann Petersen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, peacefully passed away at her home on October 5th, 2023, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
She was born on July 1, 1948, in Milwaukee, WI. Ann's life was marked by her unwavering commitment to justice and her deep-rooted values. Ann dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice as a highly respected criminal defense attorney. Driven by her opposition to the death penalty, she tirelessly fought for the rights of her clients, ensuring they received fair representation. In her later years, Ann found a new purpose in representing student athletes, advocating for their rights and well-being.
A woman of great compassion, Ann co-founded the Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation and served on the board for Paws Forever, organizations close to her heart. She believed in making a difference in the lives of others and actively supported The Educational Foundation at UNC and served as a board member for The Rams Club at UNC, furthering the cause of education and athletics.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Ann found solace in her hobbies. She was an avid swimmer, tennis, and golf enthusiast, finding joy in the camaraderie and challenge of these sports. Ann's love for UNC and its athletic programs was evident through her unwavering support as a season ticket holder for UNC Men's Basketball and Football.
Ann will be deeply missed by her devoted husband, James Glover, her loving sons Aaron (Carrie) and Justin Petersen, and Ben Ray. She is also survived by her cherished siblings Thomas Bach, Peter Bach, Mary Brown, and Robbie Bach. Ann's greatest joy came from being a grandmother to Hannah, Sarah, Josh, Leah, Charlotte, Carson, Cooper, and Michael. She also held a special place in her heart for her beloved pets, Snickers and CeCe, and many others.
A funeral mass will be held to honor Ann's life on October 10th at 2:30 PM Eastern at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at Chapel Hill Country Club. Family and friends are invited to gather and pay their respects, sharing memories and finding solace in one another's company.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions to be made to the Chapel Hill Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations can be made online at or mailed to the provided address, as a testament to Ann's enduring legacy of supporting causes close to her heart.
Ann Petersen will forever be remembered as a woman of integrity, compassion, and unwavering dedication. Her impact on the lives of those she touched, both professionally and personally, will be cherished and remembered for generations to come. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
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