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Elizabeth June Peterson

Known affectionately as Betty to all who knew her, died of heart complications at Zionsville Meadows on May 17, 2014. She was born on June 17, 1924 to Edna and Otto Zorn in Brillion, Wisconsin. She graduated in 1942 from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where she met and fell in love with her lifelong soul mate, Erling Winston Peterson. They were married nearly sixty-nine years ago and moved to serve churches and colleges in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Betty spent her entire life serving others. As a devoted wife of a pastor and professor, she touched the lives of many from Badger City, Wisconsin, to Naperville, Illinois, and finally to Indianapolis. Her husband Erling recalls that the happiest years of their life together were spent in Windsor.

Betty was well known for her love of children and her family. Her work as a nursery school teacher at both University Heights United Methodist and Friedens United Church of Christ molded the lives of many that she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Erling Peterson, four children, Thomas Peterson (Barbara) of Boerne, Texas; Susan Barhan (Mark) of Indianapolis; Timothy Peterson of Indianapolis; and Bruce Peterson (Bette) of Zionsville. She leaves behind seven grandchildren, Josh Peterson (Nicki) and Matthew Peterson of Texas; Benjamin Barhan (Jessica) of Colorado; Sarah Phillips (Doug) of Indianapolis; and Danielle, Michelle, and David Peterson of Zionsville; and five great-grandchildren, Landon, Colton and Lily Phillips of Indianapolis; Ali Peterson of Texas; and Susie Barhan of Colorado.

She is also survived by her brother Chet and his wife, Mary Ann Zorn, and her sisters-in-law, Joyce and Betty Lou Zorn. Her brothers Vernon and Allen Zorn preceded her in death.

Visitation for Betty Peterson will begin at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 22 at Friedens United Church of Christ at 8300 S. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Her ashes will be interned this summer in her home town of Brillion, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46217.

Arrangements are being handled by: G.H. Herrmann Madi son Funeral Home .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 21, 2014
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