Janey Bonita Peterson, 86, went to be with her Lord on May 1, 2019 at Homestead Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Janey Bonita Carlson Peterson was born on March 20, 1933 to Lloyd LeRoy Carlson and Minnie Lavina Bressler Carlson on the family farm near Gibbon, Nebraska.
The family moved to a farm near the Cozad/Gothenburg, Nebraska area. The first half of her high school years were at Cozad High School. She finished high shool at Gothenburg, graduating in 1950. Her senior year she won a superior for her singing of Ava Maria at the State Contest. Janey was not able to attend her Commencement service because of a severe case of mumps. She attended Kearney College for two summers and taught two years at District 83.
Janey married Gene Peterson on March 30, 1952 at the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg. To this union was born four children, Cindy, Linda, Greg and Tim. The couple were charter members of the New Hope Church in Custer County, Nebraska. Later they became part of the Evangelical Free Church in Gothenburg. She worked as a nurse aide, and bookkeeper, after her children were in school. Her final working years were at the Gothenburg Times weekly newspaper, retiring after 37 years of service.
Singing was a joyful part of her life. Church choir was a favorite, especially special cantatas given for the congregation. She also sang and served in the Gothenburg Community Choir. She served as a Sunday School Teacher, Christmas program director, and in many other church ministries.
Janey loved decorating her home and making it a welcome place for all to come. Hospitality was her and her husband’s gift. If anyone needed a meal or a place to stay, she offered her home. She really loved holidays, especially Christmas. It was the most wonderful time of the year for her and her family.
Janey’s primary gift was visiting with friends and strangers alike. She always took the opportunity to give a greeting and show she cared. Her greatest thrill was introducing people to her best friend, Jesus Christ. Even during the last couple of weeks of her life, she shared her faith with everyone she came in contact with.
Above all else, she loved her kids and grandkids. She followed all of them in their endeavors such as singing in choir at school, playing in the band, and going to many, many sporting events. She gave them her unconditional love.
Suruviors are her two daughters and two sons: Cindy Peterson and Linda (Doug) Sittler, all of Lincoln, Nebraska; Greg Peterson of Sterling, Nebraska and Tim (Lynn) Peterson of Gothenburg. six grandchildren: Kelsey (Bret) Marschman, Kiley Peterson, Kaitlyn (Drake) Beranek, Kira Peterson, Cryssa (Evan) Bartels, and Dani Sittler. Five great grandchildren: McKenna Peterson, Myka Peterson, Kinley Beranek, Cohen Bartels and Kayda Beranek. Two sister-in-laws: Ruth Carlson of Gothenburg, Margilu Peterson of Cozad, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joann and Boyd Phillippi of Cozad, and numerous niecees and nephews and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, her parents, Minnie and Lloyd Carlson, a brother, Lloyd George, a sister and brother-in-law, Claribel and James Crews, her brother, Wallace Carlson, brother-n-law and sister-in-law, Duane and Lavonne Peterson, brother-in-law, Don Peterson, niece and nephew, Mary and Clay Crews and niece, Brenda Peterson Gilg.
Celebration of Life service will be May 13, 2019 at the Evangelical Free Church at 1721 Lake Avenue in Gothenburg at 1:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.