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Linda Lee Peters, age 71, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at home in Maxwell, Iowa. Visitation for Linda will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 1:00 until time of her funeral service beginning at 3:00 PM at the Wellsburg Reformed Church, 617 E. 4th Street, Wellsburg, IA. A private interment will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (please include Linda’s name in the check memo.) Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Doyen Chapel is caring for Linda and her family. For messages of condolence and memories of Linda, please visit our website at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
She was born on May 9, 1948, to the late William and Esther Van Deest of Wellsburg, Iowa, the fifth of nine children. She graduated from Wellsburg HS in 1966, having won the title of Grundy County Dairy Queen. On August 25, 1967, she married Howard Dean Peters. Following Howard’s Air Force service in Viet Nam, they eventually settled in Sheffield, IA, and later Ankeny, IA, where they raised three daughters.
Linda was a founding member of the EMT’s while living in Sheffield, IA, where she and her husband owned the H&L Grocery store. She was an active member of the community, serving in the Booster Club and numerous civic organizations. Later, she went on to earn a nursing degree and eventually managed two medical clinics. Linda was a strong, dynamic presence for everyone she met. She loved her family fiercely, especially her grandchildren. Nana attended every concert, play, and sporting event she could. She was a faithful Cubs fan and cheered for both the Cyclones and Hawkeyes to equally support all of her college-aged grandkids. She even became a Husker volleyball fan. Nana lovingly memorialized all of her grandkids’ wonderful childhood memories in the numerous scrapbooks created by her just for them.
She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Kristine (Jeff) Potts of Lenexa, KS, Jennifer (Bob) Merfeld of Clear Lake, IA, and Cortney (Nate) Swanson of Arapahoe, NE; eight grandchildren, Jeffery, Meghan, and Abby Potts, Zach, Megan, and Julia Merfeld, and Hunter and Emerson Swanson; sisters Susan Lutterman and Coleen Ralston; brothers Ben (Dee), Ted (Linda), Larry (Faye), Alvin (Michelle), Melvin (Jani); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jim (Shirley), and brothers-in-law Tim Ralston (Coleen) and Alan Lutterman (Susan).