VanStraten, Elizabeth "Betty"
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Elizabeth (Betty) Mae (Mc Keefry) VanStraten, 82, Green Bay, died Saturday May 10, 2014, after a long illness. She was born on May 12, 1931 in Angelica, WI to the late Daniel and Martha (Luecke) Mc Keefry. Betty was a 1949 graduate of Green Bay East High School. She worked at the Green Bay Welding Company, where her path crossed with a man that worked at Wisconsin Public Service. She married that man, Jim Van Straten, on May 16, 1959 at St. Willebrord Catholic Church in Green Bay; he preceded her in death on March 24, 1993.
After marrying, Betty never had a job where she collected a paycheck, but she worked very hard all her life. She had a generous heart and spent countless hours volunteering at area schools and nursing homes. Betty enjoyed making things with her hands and loved everything "crafty" - she crocheted and knit countless afghans, sweater, mittens, for family and friends - a standard wedding and baby shower gift was a beautiful hand made afghan, still cherished by many. She was the definition of a homemaker, a wonderful cook and baker. Betty will be remembered for her Chicken Dumpling Soup, homemade pies, cookies, cakes and candies. Her son - in - law, Charlie, always looked forward to the day that Liver and Onions was on the menu. Christmas at her home was always special - a beautiful tree decorated with hundreds of antique ornaments, homemade treats, decorated porch windows, and delicious eggnog. She loved beautiful things and enjoyed setting a lovely table with her favorite dishes and silver.
Betty was a strong willed person, never wanting to give up on anything. If she had an opinion, she was never afraid to express it and you always knew exactly how she felt about something - good or bad. She was also a tireless caregiver to many and had a giant heart of gold. She lent a helping hand to many in need and did so as long as she was able.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Kalman) Turos and their children, Hannah and Jesse, Peculiar, MO; Susan Johnson and her son, Owen, Denmark; brother, James Mc Keefry, Green Bay, brother-in-law, Lowell VanStraten, Green Bay; sister-in-law, Lois "Jo" (Bill) Ambrosius, Athelstane; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses, Russell (Virginia) Mc Keefry, Harvey (Dorothy) Mc Keefry, Alvin (Audrey) Mc Keefry, Donald Mc Keefry, Doris (Clarence) Corroy and Eleanor Mc Keefry; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Myrtle VanStraten; Sister-in-law, Betty Van Straten, and her son-in-law, Charles Johnson.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., on Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Memorial service 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Zoerb officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in De Pere. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in Betty's name.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of Rennes Health and Rehab of De Pere and Unity Hospice for all of their wonderful care. We also wish to send a very special thank you to a lifelong family friend, Jane Burke. Jane spent countless hours visiting with our mom when we were not able to be there - she gave generously of her time and offered friendship, companionship and love to our mother. We will be forever thankful to you for devoting so much of your life to our mom.
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from May 12 to May 15, 2014