Elizabeth “Betty” Peterson, age 90 of Wabasso formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Serenity Suites Senior Living in Wabasso. Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elizabeth “Betty” Peterson was born May 9, 1930 to Raymond and Margaret (Harris) Lenhard in Litchfield, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield. Betty graduated from Litchfield Public High School in 1948. On October 14, 1950, Betty married the love of her life Virgil Peterson in Litchfield. The couple remained in Litchfield and raised their two sons on Lake Ripley. Virgil worked at the NAPA store in Hutchinson and Betty worked some at the Independent Review, as her father was co-owner and publisher of that newspaper. Betty also worked at Coast to Coast for Wally and Loretta Hansen. In 1969, Betty and Virgil purchased the NAPA store in Redwood Falls. While they were owners of NAPA, the couple traveled to many cities for NAPA national business conferences including: LA, Denver, Dallas, Toronto, and Hawaii. In 1984 they retired and sold the business to their son Lowell and his wife. This allowed Betty and Virgil to winter in Arizona. Betty was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. She enjoyed helping at the First Presbyterian Piecemakers quilting group. Their first grandchild Jacob was born in 1987, followed by Kirsten in 1988 and Anna in 1990. Betty was an awesome grandma! The grandkids learned many skills from her such as arts and crafts, some embroidery and baking, especially cookies and banana bread. Betty loved to embroider unknown amounts of dish towels for her loved ones.
Elizabeth is survived by her children: Lowell (LeAnn) Peterson of Redwood Falls and Steven (Stephanie) Peterson of Spring Park; grandchildren: Kirsten Peterson of Cottonwood, Jacob (partner Ashli Henry) Peterson of Minneapolis, and Anna (Sam) Johnson of Independence; great-granddaughter Kalynn Johnson, sister-in-law Joan Anderson Kladifko, cousin Lucy Harris, dear friend Rosemary March, and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Margaret, husband Virgil in 1999, parents-in-law Robert & Hulda Peterson, siblings-in-law: Wilton (Ethel) Peterson, Elaine (Willard) Stromvall and George Kladifko, and nephew Wilton Peterson Jr.