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Beverly Jean Peterson


Beverly Peterson, age 76, of Hayward, WI passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 at her home.
Beverly Peterson was born July 10, 1946 in Beloit, Wisconsin, daughter of Carl and Hazel (Beck) Brehm. She was joined in marriage to Richard Everson on May 22, 1965. While living in Beloit, she was active in church at Our Savior’s Lutheran where she was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and president of the church council.
Beverly was treasurer for the Town of Beloit for sixteen years. She was also active in the Altrusa Club.
Beverly moved from Beloit in 1988, where she and her husband purchased Nelson Lake Lodge in Hayward, Wisconsin. The Lodge had 9 cabins, 52 campsites, a bar, and a restaurant. In 1993, they purchased a neighboring resort of 6 cabins and a bar/living quarters. They combined it with the existing Nelson Lake Lodge.
She served on the Hayward Lakes Board and was treasurer of the Nelson Lake Resort Association for eleven years.
In 1999, Richard died of Lymphoma. Beverly continued running the resort, and in 2001, she married Duane “Pete” Peterson. The two of them ran the resort together until it was sold in 2010.
After retiring, Beverly enjoyed her time by writing books. She authored: Love is Like a Butterfly, Freedom of the Butterfly, and Blessing and Healings.
Throughout her life, Beverly devoted her life and time to her belief in God. She always felt blessed by God, and she tried to pass along blessings to others. She felt especially blessed by having found a partner in Pete, as they shared their lives together.
Beverly is survived by her husband Duane “Pete” Peterson; her daughters, Michelle Barkemeyer of Norwood, CO, Tammy (Brad) Helminiak of Trego, WI, Corinna “Cori” Everson of Peoria, AZ; three grandchildren, Meghan, Brady, and Jessica; great granddaughters, Addison and Mia; and three nieces and nephew, Kathy, Julie, Janet, and Kurt.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Carl and Richard Brehm, and first husband, Richard Everson.
A memorial service celebrating Beverly’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Spider Lake Church with Pastor Gary Hilgendorf officiating. A time of gathering with family and friends was held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Interment will be held at a later date at Mann Valley Cemetery in River Falls, WI.
Online condolences may be left for Beverly’s family at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.