Betty Petersek, 88, of Colome, SD passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Center in Winner, SD.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour prior to the services.
Betty Lou Petersek was born on Aug. 5, 1930 to Marion and Art Vawser at their home south of Gregory. She was the first of three children. She grew up on the farm south of Gregory. She attended grade school at Climbing Hill south of Gregory and attended high school in Gregory SD. Later on, she got her GED from Mission.
She met and fell in love with Raymond Joseph Petersek. They were united in marriage on April 12, 1947. They were blessed with 5 children, Robert, Bev, Darlene, Rod, and Rick. Ray and Betty started their family on a small farm northeast of Gregory.
They moved to a small farm southwest of St. Charles where Rod & Rick was born. In 1961 they moved to Colome, SD where they settled. Betty could be found right alongside her husband when it came to running their ranch.
She was a member of St. Isidore Church. She was also president of the American Legion Auxiliary where she helped set up the first kitchen followed by the well known Colome Steak Night. She was a member of the Winner VFW and also a 54-year member of Court St. Maria Goretti #1584 of the Colome Catholic Daughters.
She worked as an aide at Colome Schools followed by working as a bookkeeper at the Winner Lumber Yard. She managed the Community Thrift Store in Winner, SD.
Betty loved the outdoors, working in the garden, tending her flowers, painting and crafting. She was an amazing cook. She was a little lady with a strong spirit. She loved the time she was able to spend with her and Ray traveling and camping. She loved family get togethers, her face lit up when she was able to be near family. She was a wonderful woman who meant so much to so many.
She is survived by her husband Raymond, sister Bonnie (Dale) Vogt, children: Bev (Joe) Heck, Darlene Rotter, Rod (Leslie), and Rick. She had 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. In addition to her many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one son, and 3 grandchildren.
We are truly lucky that God gave us her. She did a good job here but her mission is now complete and fulfilled the way he wanted her to do it. Now those who mourn her look forward to until we meet again.
As Betty has said, she was a “Jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Her family would have to agree she was truly a jack of all trades, but in our hearts, she was the master as well.
Thank you to all who made this occasion wonderful!