For the second time we lost our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and best friend. The first time was due to dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease; the second, physical death.
Elizabeth “Betty” Peterson was born in Beaver Falls, PA on November 8, 1934 to the late Donald Love McLean and the late Laura Rossa Hamilton. She died February 10, 2019 under the kind and compassionate care of Providence Care Center and Kindred Hospice. She was raised in the Beaver Falls area and attended Saint Mary’s Parochial School. She was a proud member of the Beaver Falls Fighting Tigers class of 1952.
Betty was a caregiver by nature. In addition to helping many prominent Beaver County families take care of their loved ones, Betty was formerly employed by McGuire Memorial Home, taking care of God’s most precious angels.
Betty was proud of her family and leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Jack Shook of East Palestine, OH. Laurie and Jack stood by their mother’s side during the most difficult of times. She also leaves a son, John Peterson of New Brighton. The light of Betty’s life were her grandchildren. She leaves three precious grandsons and their families. They are Christopher and Samantha Burnette of New Brighton, PA, Jason and Danielle Burnette of Coraopolis, PA and John J. and Amber Peterson of Rochester, PA. Six adored great-grandchildren also brought joy to Betty’s life. They are Issaiah, Zachary, Charlotte, Ellie, Aubrey and Savannah. Betty’s beloved “baby sister”, Sandy Belczyk and her companion, Gunter Zengerle of Beaver Falls, PA also survive. Sandy and Gunter also stood by their sister’s side during her declining years. Betty has two special nieces whom she loved dearly. They are Kimberly (Mike) Sheffield of Winter Haven, FL and Lori (Mike) McClain of Beaver Falls, PA. A much-loved nephew, Robert Stingle of Beaver Falls also survives. Betty’s cousins, Georgeann and Vince Massa of Chagrin Falls, OH and Doctor Gene Manzetti of Pittsburgh, PA also lent their unwavering support to Betty during her decline.
Because of Betty’s kind nature, many people gravitated to her before the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s stole her away. There was always an “open door” policy at her home. She loved midnight games of Trivial Pursuit, Steelers’ football, bingo, and dispensing sound advice to those who wanted her help. There was laughter, joy, and fun when and where Betty was involved. She also loved her church and the Catholic religion. She will be sadly missed by many.
In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, John S. Peterson in 1987; her brother, Donald McLean in 1995; and her sister, Margaret “Googie” Roser in 2018. Sadly and tragically, Betty was also pre-deceased by her cherished and only granddaughter, Kayla Peterson, December 8, 2012.
Betty’s family would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere gratitude to the amazing caregivers at Providence Care Center. Also, we would like to thank Kindred Hospice of Pittsburgh for their devotion, professionalism, and kindness to Betty. We would also like to thank the caregivers of Cambridge Village, especially those of Warwick Wing for taking care of Betty.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Their website is alz.org.
Visitation will occur on Wednesday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home 1117-5th Avenue Beaver Falls www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes where prayers will be offered on Thursday at 9:40am followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10am at St. Monica’s-Chippewa. Father Kim Schreck will officiate.
Betty will be laid to rest at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
“Although she forgot us, we will always remember her.”
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