Beata Bertha Petermann, age 86, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on January 10, 1924 in the family home northeast of Arapahoe, Nebraska in Gosper County to Julius & Margaret (Hinz) Ziebell.
A lifelong resident of the Arapahoe area, she lived over 80 years in the Immanuel-Elk Creek community north of Arapahoe. She graduated from Immanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed in 1939. After graduating from Arapahoe High School in 1943, she attended a six week “Normal Training” class in order to become a teacher. She taught in Blue Hill, Nebraska for 2 years and one year in a small one room school near her parent’s home. She married Ervin August William Petermann, on June 23, 1946. In 1954, the purchased the land & homestead of Beata’s grandparents where they lived and farmed until they moved to Arapahoe in 2004. She attended Immanuel Lutheran Church northeast of Arapahoe from birth until its closing in 1967. At that time her family became active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe. She served in many capacities in both of these churches over the years. She sang in the choir and was quite active in Lutheran Women’s Mission League and later in Thrivent Financial activities serving as District secretary for many years. She maintained her roots at Immanuel by serving on the Immanuel Cemetery Board for many years. Her husband Ervin Petermann passed away on December 21, 2007.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ervin Petermann, Brothers Albert, & Robert Ziebell.
She is survived by her sons: Marcus Petermann & wife Robin Feas of Papillion, Nebraska
Marlin & wife Cynthia Petermann of Omaha, Nebraska
Brother: James & wife Carol Ziebell of Cozad, Nebraska
Grandchildren: 6 Great-Grandchildren: 8
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com
Viewing & visitation will be Monday, December 27, 2010 from 9 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 10 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church, in Arapahoe, Nebraska with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Burial will be at the Immanuel Cemetery, at Arapahoe, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery and the International LWML. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements