Elizabeth J. "Betty" Holmstrom Drefchinski, 69, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit after a seven-year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Per her requests, cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be left to Ovarian Cancer Research or First Luthern Church, Geneseo. Betty would also like all women to be more aware of ovarian cancer, which is a silent killer. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elizabeth Jane was born on Feb. 5, 1943, in Moline, the daughter of Wilbur M. and Elizabeth J. (Harsha) Peterson. She graduated from Orion High School in 1961 and started work at John Deere Company in Moline immediately after. She quit work to marry Roy Holmstrom in April 1963. They had three children and later divorced. She married Michael Drefchinski in June 2005. Betty worked for several years at Family Medical in Geneseo and then at John Deere Health in Moline from which she retired in 2006. She later worked part-time at Guzzardo's Hallmark store in Geneseo. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo and belonged to a Bible study group there. She loved living in the country most of her life and, when she was a child, she enjoyed hunting and fishing with her father and riding her horse. Her family and grandchildren meant everything to her. She loved attending as many of their activities as she could. She and Mike loved to travel to California and Yosemite National park and to visit their children in Albuquerque, N.M. and the Atlanta, Ga. area.
Survivors include her husband, Mike; two sons and spouses, Tim and Sherry Holmstrom of Atkinson and Chris and Cyrena Holmstrom of Canton, Ga.; one daughter and spouse, Angela and Scott Himmelman of Geneseo; two stepdaughters, Michelle Kurth of North Carolina and Suzanne Drefchinski of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren, Christopher Bisom and Shane and Autumn Holmstrom of Atkinson, Nicholas and Brooke Holmstrom of Georgia, Drew, Sydney and Hannah Himmelman of Geneseo; two step grandchildren, Joshua Kurth and Nick Drefchinski; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; sister, Shirley Thompson; brother Forrest Peterson; and a stepdaughter, Amanda Martinez.