Funeral services for Carla were held on Thursday,
June 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cordova.
Pastor Brenda Pfeifly officiated the service.
Graveside services were in the Zastrow Cemetery.
Memorials are directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church of the Exeter Senior Center.
Karla Pederson was born on October 2, 1913 in Balle, Jutland, Denmark
to Jens Karl and Ane M. (Bidstrup) Pederson. She died on June 16, 2013
at the Exeter Care Center in Exeter, Nebraska at the age of 99 years, 8
months, and 15 days.
Christened Karla Pederson, she lived with her paternal grandmother,
Karen Marie Pederson in Bjedstrup, Jutland, Denmark. Both parents had
come to American to make a better life. Karla came to the United States
through Ellis Island in 1929 when she was 16 years old. Her father
insisted that Karla change the spelling of her name to Americanize both
her first and family names – so it became Carla Peterson.
She arrived in Sawyer, Nebraska, south of Exeter where her father worked
for the railroad. In 1930, the family moved by the Blue River. Not
speaking English, she attended School District #7. She always said she
learned more by listening to the kindergarteners with their phonics in
learning to speak English. She passed the 8th grade exam learning a lot
about U.S. History and Nebraska.
Carla met Bernard Due at a platform dance. They married on June 3, 1934
and went to live on the family farm north of Exeter. Two sons were born
to them, Don & Dean. They moved to Exeter as Bernard’s health
deteriorated. Carla entered Exeter Care Center on October 29, 2005.
Carla loved to dance, and she and Bernard went to several area
ballrooms. Carla liked to bake and her Danish pastry was the best. She
made several of her favorite Danish foods for family and friends,
especially the Ebleskiver. Carla also enjoyed her vegetable and flower
gardens, reading, playing cards and entertaining.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, taught Sunday school,
and was a member of the Cheeralot Club and Exeter Women’s Club.
Carla was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; parents Karl &
Ane; brothers Emil, Jewel, and Dale Peterson; and granddaughter Darcee
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Don & Katherine Due
and Dean & Kathy Due all of Exeter; grandchildren Jeff Due, Heather
& Delayne Eberspacher of Cordova, Valerie Due & Chris Brewster
of San Diego, CA, Jim Due of Exeter, and Bob & Ranae Due of Lincoln,
NE; great grandchildren Abby and Spencer Eberspacher of Cordova,
Jillian & Danica Due of Lincoln; brother Clifford and wife Joan
Peterson of York; sister-in-law Ardys Tesar of Aurora; and by nieces and