SEBRING, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Betty Jean Peterson, 89 of Sebring, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2022 at Canterbury Villa in Alliance, Ohio surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born in Beloit, Ohio on March 13, 1933, the daughter of the late Carl and Stella (Furbee) Handy.

She was a 1951 graduate of Beloit High School.

Betty married Jack R. Peterson on June 15, 1951, to whom she was married 64 year before his passing in 2015.

She was known for her beautiful cake decorating and flower arranging but most of all enjoyed being with her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, David R. (Linda) Peterson of Damascus and Daniel P. (Michele) Peterson of Beloit; three daughters, Deborah (John) Kale of Akron, Elizabeth Eckley of Alliance and Jacqueline (Tom) Doyle of Orrville; her loving friend and caregiver, Janet Ford; 15 grandchildren, Randy Carpenter (Rebecca Catalano), Jennifer Webster, Michael (Theresa) Seruch, Carrie Foran (Terry Boyd) Stefani (Brian) Waseman, Joseph (Carson) Hollar-Kale, Tiffany Seruch, Teresa (Mark) Spoonholtz, Matthew (Beth) Doyle, Beth (Kevin) McBride, Steven Doyle, Gina (Gary) Premier, Danielle (Ashley) Peterson and Tom Doyle, Jr.; 18 great-grandchildren, Kayla Leeson, Anna Webster, Lauren Webster, Dante Seruch, Donovan Seruch, Timmy Foran, Ryliegh Spoonholtz, Madison Spoonholtz, Adam Brown, Nathan Doyle, Warren Doyle, Sydney and Andrew Powell and Madeline Doyle and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Louise Huntsman of Alliance.

Besides her husband and parents, Betty was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Handy; a son-in-law, Harry Eckley; a great-granddaughter, Emily Waseman and a granddaughter, Brenda Powell.

Per Betty’s wishes a private family service will take place with Pastor Freddie Rodriguez officiating. Interment will take place at Grandview Cemetery in Sebring. 

The family would like to thank Patty Simmons, Alliance Hospice and Dr. Lehrer of Hospice and The Staff of Canterbury for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s honor to Alliance Hospice, 200 East State Street, Alliance, OH 44601.

Arrangements are being handled by the Gednetz-Ruzek & Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register online at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Peterson, please visit our floral store.

A television tribute will air Wednesday, November 2 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.