Valerie Peterson, 77, of Gothenburg, died Feb. 10, 2020 at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. Valerie was born in Gothenburg on Feb. 2, 1943 to parents, Edward Eugene and Lucille Sarah (Johnson) Kratzenstein. 

She married her best friend, Harlan Peterson on Dec. 7, 1968. She enjoyed many years with him out on the farm and making many daily trips to town for coffee, donuts and conversation with friends. Valerie also loved animals, especially her cats on the farm.

Survivors include here brother, Van Kratzenstein of Greeley, Colorado; nephew, James Kratzenstein of Littleton, Colorado; and niece, Lori Guthrie of Aurora, Colorado.

Valerie was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Ralph Peterson; parents, Edward and Lucille Kratzenstein, and grandparents.

Graveside services will be held at Gothenburg Cemetery on Friday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jamie Norwich McLennan officiating. Burial will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery in Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the CareMates thru Central Plains Home Health and Hospice, 835 Meridian, Cozad, NE 69130. To sign the online guest book, go to