A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Visitation for Betty will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Per her requests, cremation rites have been accorded, and inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be left to Ovarian Cancer Research or First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Betty also would like all women to be more aware of ovarian cancer which is a silent killer. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elizabeth Jane Peterson was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Wilbur M. and Elizabeth J. Harsha Peterson. She graduated from Orion High School in 1961 and started work at John Deere & Co. in Moline immediately after.
She quit work to marry Roy Holmstrom in April 1963. They had three children and later divorced. She was married to Michael Drefchinski in June 2005.
Betty worked for several years at Family Medical in Geneseo and then at John Deere Health in Moline, from which she retired in 2006. She later worked part-time at Guzzardo's Hallmark store in Geneseo.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo and belonged to a Bible study group there. She loved living in the country most of her life, and when she was a child she enjoyed hunting and fishing with her father and riding her horse. Her family and grandchildren meant everything to her. She loved attending as many of their activities as she could. She and Mike loved to travel to California and Yosemite National Park and to visit their children in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Atlanta, Ga., area.
Betty is survived by her husband Mike; two sons, Tim (Sherry) Holmstrom, Atkinson and Chris(Cyrena) Holmstrom, Canton, Ga; a daughter, Angela (Scott) Himmelman, Geneseo; two stepdaughters, Michelle Kurth, North Carolina, and Suzanne Drefchinski, Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Christopher Bisom and Shane and Autumn Holmstrom, Atkinson, Nicholas and Brooke Holmstrom, Georgia, Drew, Sydney and Hannah Himmelman, Geneseo; two stepgrandchildren, Joshua Kurth and Nick Drefchinski; one niece; and one nephew.
Betty was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; sister, Shirley Thompson; brother, Forrest Peterson; and stepdaughter, Amanda Martinez.
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