Bette Hedstrom-Peterson, 86

Published 10:18 am Friday, October 7, 2011

Funeral services for Bette F. Hedstrom-Peterson will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ann Siverling officiating. Burial will be held in the Bennington Cemetery, Bennington Township, Mower Co. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow and will continue at the church for 1hr prior to the service.


Bette Hedstrom-Peterson, 86, of Grand Meadow, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at St Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Bette Faye Willoughby was born May 4, 1925, in Rockwell City, Iowa, to Frederick and Gladys (Risely) Willoughby. She attended and graduated from school in Rockwell City and was united in marriage to Leonard Headstrom on Dec. 7, 1945, in Laurens, Iowa, and together they farmed in Bennington Township. Leonard passed away in 1983. Bette was united in marriage to “Ole” Peterson on Sept. 12, 1992, at Grand Meadow Lutheran, he passed away in 2003. In later years Bette worked as a trainer for Daytons and Donaldsons Department stores in Rochester and also worked for Insti Prints in Rochester for about 10 years. She volunteered at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center and started the Leprechaun Group of volunteers there. Bette was a member of the Grand Meadow Lutheran Church and served as president of its ladies group for many years, she was also an instrumental part of the kitchen remodel project. Bette also served on the Library Board during the construction of the new facility in Grand Meadow. She enjoyed traveling and her many trips to Branson, Mo. Bette will be remembered for her mentoring, kindness and donations to the local community.

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She is survived by her son, Martin (Cathy) Hedstrom of Zumbro Falls, Minn., step-children, Terrence (Susan) Peterson of Faribault, Marshall (Betty) Peterson and LuAnn (Dan) Rasmussen of Rose Creek; grandson, Martin L. Hedstrom II and wife, Jamie and their children, Kendall and Madelyn. She is also survived by 11 step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Norma Willoughby of Rockwell City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother; and daughter-in-law, Suzanne. Condolences may be left at