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Elizabeth Jean Peterson

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:15 a.m. CDT

JOLIET, Ill. — Mrs. Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Peterson, 88, of Joliet, Ill., and formerly of Wilmington, Ill., passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Born April 4, 1925, in Wilmington, Betty was a daughter of the late Alfred and Mildred Hundley-Kuriger. She was raised and educated in Wilmington, and, on Feb. 20, 1949, Betty married Joseph M. Peterson at the Methodist Church in Wilmington.

She held employment over the years as a registered nurse with Silver Cross Hospital, and later worked for various physician’s offices in the Joliet area. Betty was a member of the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons, Gaffney Circle and belonged to the Kingsway Kickers Dance Club. She will be remembered for her enjoyment of  crossword puzzles and playing bingo.

Survivors include her son, Michael J. Peterson of Joliet; two grandchildren, Kevin (Lark) Peterson and Erik (Liz) Peterson, both of Bolingbrook, Ill.; two brothers, William (Norma) Kuriger of Coal City, Ill., and James (the late Jeanette) Kuriger of Joliet; one sister, Jeanette (the late Jack) Lewis of Wilmington; and one sister-in-law, Lorraine Kuriger of Florida; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Mildred Kuriger; her husband, Joseph (1991); a brother, Alfred Kuriger; a brother-in-law, Jack Lewis; and a sister-in-law Jeanette Kuriger.

Cremation rites were accorded and graveside services were held in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Deacon Roger Novak officiated.

Preferred Memorials may be made as gifts Betty’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP. For additional information, call (815) 476-2181.

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