DECORAH, Iowa — Rebecca Laurine Petefish died Friday, July 4, 2014, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa.
Born Sept. 7, 1919, in Buda to Clarence Nienaber and Althea M. (Zink) Bolton, she married George Winslow Petefish June 7, 1942, at her grandmother Zink's home in Buda. He died in 1993.
She attended schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, graduating from Estherville, Iowa, High School in 1937. In 1939 she received a Life Time Teaching Certificate from Cedar Falls Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa (now Northern Iowa University). Her first job was in Elkhart, Iowa. She taught in Mineral and Annawan schools from 1956 to 1978. She continued her education during the summers, eventually receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in elementary education from Bemidji State College.
She and her husband settle in Buda in 1946. She was active in the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge, holding many local, district and state offices. She and George were well known for the annual Fourth of July fireworks displays they created and shot off for many years. They retired to the Bemidji, Minn., and Brownsville, Texas, areas where Becky was active in the Northern Artists and Winter Residents organizations.
In 2004 she moved into assisted living in Decorah, Iowa. In Decorah she was an associate member of Eastern Star and attended the Methodist church.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Becky Lynne and Greg McCabe of Cresco, Iowa; two grandchildren, Theresa (John) Woollard and Jonathan (Sonia) McCabe; three great-grandchildren, Aidan and Althea Woollard, and Quinlan McCabe; four nieces; two nephews; and several cousins.
She was also preceded by her parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Burton and Anna Mae Bolton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Ladine Petefish; and a special friend, Stephan Freeman of Bemidji, Minn.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. with an Eastern Star service held at 9:30 a.m. Burial and graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Hopeland Cemetery in Buda.
The Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 404 N. Elm St., Cresco, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.