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Lavonne R. Peters

October 12, 1932 — April 1, 2022

LaVonne R. Peters, 89, of Kearney, formerly of Wood River died Friday, April 1, 2022, at Brookestone Gardens Retirement Community in Kearney.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River. Pastor Craig Stephens and Pastor John Rasmussen of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kearney will officiate. Burial will be in the Wood River Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River. Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran LWML. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

LaVonne Ruth Peters was born October 12, 1932, at Wausa, NE to Carl H. and Emma (Wrick) Frevert. She was baptized and confirmed at Golgatha Lutheran Church in Wausa, NE. She attended District 8 School in rural Wausa and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1950. She worked at the Union Telephone Co in Bloomfield for 3 years.

LaVonne married Luther F. Peters on September 6, 1953, after Luther returned from serving in Korea. They were married at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, NE. The couple made their home there until 1958 when they moved to Wood River. They owned and operated Peters Hardware and Appliance for over 50 years.

LaVonne was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Wood River, NE where she taught Sunday School, Confirmation, and Bible School. She was also active in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and on the Altar Guild.

LaVonne was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Wood River Women’s Club, Nebraska Bowling Association and Wood River Ladies Golf Association.

She loved gardening, ceramics, traveling, camping, and spending winters in Arizona. She also enjoyed watching all sporting activities, especially her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her son Douglas of Grand Island, NE, Rodney (Rhonda) of Kearney, NE, Wendell (Connie) of Phoenix, AZ, Bradley (Linda) of Kearney, NE, and Richard (Jayne) of Kearney, NE. Also surviving are 6 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren. Other survivors include Lois Frevert of Bloomfield, NE and Alton Peters of Lincoln, NE.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband Luther in 2009, parents, sisters, and brothers-in-law Arlynn and Herman Lauck, Audrey and Lawrence Lauck, brother Clifton Frevert and grandson Jeff Peters.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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