Betty Peterson

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BETTY L. PETERSON, 87 ROCKFORD - Betty L. Peterson, 87, of Rockford, died at 12:17 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, in her home. Born Dec. 20, 1926, in Greenfield, Ill., the daughter of John Clarence and Dorothy I. (Edwards) McCaherty. Graduate of Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ill. She married Oliver M. Peterson March 28, 1947, in Rockford. He predeceased her Sept. 13, 1990. Betty was the pastor's secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church for 15 years, retiring in 1991, at the age of 65. She was also a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the church council. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Betty always wanted to learn to play the piano, so at the age of 75, she and her son, Lex, practiced together and learned how to play. She is survived by her son, Lex Peterson; and siblings, Peggy Dunn, Nadine Foy, and John McCaherty. Predeceased by her brothers, Garland "Sam" and Harland "Jake" McCaherty. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Rev. Jay Quinn officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 1 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To share a memory or condolence, visit
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Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel
1001 SECOND AVE  Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 963-6521
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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 14 to May 15, 2014