Betty Peters

January 13, 1937October 17, 2020

Betty Lou (Jacob) Peters

Born January 13, 1937, in Center, Nebraska to Paul and Lucille (Sufficool) Jacob. Grew up in Bloomfield, NE. Attended school and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1954. After high school, attended Lincoln School of Business, for bookkeeping.

On August 4, 1957, she married Alton H. Peter at Christ Memorial Methodist Church in Bloomfield. They lived in Omaha for a brief period of time, and then moved to Lincoln for a new work position for Alton.

Worked at Mutual of Omaha, and then joined her husband in working and owning Via Van Bloom Travel in Lincoln for 32 years. Retired from Via Van Bloom in 2009.

Current Member of Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and volunteered for the quilt club, as a top-notch “quilt tyer.”

Former member of the “Betty Club” in Nebraska, and was active in bridge clubs and bowling. She was a fantastic party planner, organizing numerous block parties and family reunions. She was also an avid scrapbooker. She and Alton had many memorable travels with friends and family throughout the years.

Betty and Alton had three children: Lisa (Bob) Kendle of Lincoln, Troy Peters of Lincoln, and Craig (Annette) Peters of Lincoln. Four grandchildren: Taylor (Carly) Kendle of Lincoln, Joshua (Brooke) Kendle of Lincoln, Elizabeth (Jake) Schroeder of Garland, and Matthew (Christie) Harmon of Elkhorn. Six great-grandchildren: Tatum Kendle; Jaxson Kendle; Callie, Torie and Caden Schroeder; and Mackenzie Harmon; and excited for the arrival of three more great-grandchildren in the coming months.

She had numerous beloved nieces and nephews, as well as being loved by many as a “second mom.”

Also survived by sister Donna (Jacob) and Don Friedrichsen of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, as well as cousins.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday October 22, 2020 at the Southwood Lutheran Church 4301 Wilderness Blvd. Lincoln, NE. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home 6800 S. 14th St Lincoln. Services will be livestreamed at

Memorials are suggested to the Southwood Lutheran Church or Nebraska Children’s Home, Lincoln, NE.


  • DeLynn Friedrichsen, Pallbearer
  • Matt Harmon, Pallbearer
  • Taylor Kendle, Pallbearer
  • Josh Kendle, Pallbearer
  • Tom Peters, Pallbearer
  • Steve Whitwer, Pallbearer
  • Darrin Friedrichsen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Elwood, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dan Peters, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation with Family

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


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Katrina Filbert

October 20, 2020

Betty was a kind and giving woman. There was never a time when her heart or home was closed to those who needed her. Her house was full of love and laughter, always. Family was her priority. I remember so many times visiting her and watching VHS kids movies with my cousins in her room while the parents were having fun readying dinner. Hanging out with the entire family at the cabin just outside of Louisville for the Fourth of July and participating in the parade, seeing her loving smile as we drove by waving and throwing candy. As I and my responsibilities grew, I ended up helping out at an office in Lincoln. She wouldn’t hear of me having to go home to Omaha after closing so each time I worked there, she had the guest room all made up and waiting for me. She had an attitude towards life to live it to the fullest. She knew there were people here who she wanted to be with and more to come that she wanted to meet so she hung on until she was good and ready because, well, she was never one to do something she didn’t want to do.

Betty, you are so dearly loved and you will be so incredibly missed.

Laurie Davis

October 20, 2020

Don't know where to start... I was a toddler when Betty and Al met my folks and became life long friends. They got together about every week so Betty was a staple in my childhood. We went to Mount Rushmore in the 60s and stayed in a Motor Inn with an outside pool! We rode horses in Bloomfield. Fun times at the N Street house. The Alden house reminds me of Valentinos because we would get it a lot! Betty threw me a wedding shower with a money tree for a center piece. I was thrilled. I worked with Betty at Via. Always kind, sweet and funny. She could be tenacious when she got on a mission. Ha ha. I could go on... I will always treasure my memories. Laurie Davis

Jan Stahlnecker

October 19, 2020

Remembering all the good time... Arizona going down the rapids. The trip to South Dakota with the kids. Many trips to Las Vegas when we could find cheap tickets, or Al could get tickets. Atlantic City with the guys. Hard to get 62 years of fun and memories into a short note.
Jan Stahlnecker