With serenity, Germaine Bettale, 94, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013, surrounded by her family. A pillar of strength, love and devotion to her Catholic faith, she leaves an indelible impact on all the lives of family and friends that she has touched.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. Helena Catholic Church in Fort Morgan with interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Germaine was born Feb. 10, 1919, in Garden Plains, Kan., to Michael Klausner and Cecelia (Tillie) Kampling. They later moved to the high plains of Colorado in 1918, breaking sod near Roggen. Her family was instrumental in creating a community church and school. The first experimental irrigation well in Weld County was sunk in 1929, on the family farm.
In 1952 Germaine and her husband purchased the Broad Acres Farms near Pueblo, and in 1955 they purchased the Wildcat Farm and Ranch north of Fort Morgan, where they raised beef cattle and thoroughbred horses. Upon retirement, Germaine moved to Loveland, and in 1989 relocated to Petaluma, Calif., where she spent the remainder of her days with her children.
Germaine was a gifted artist in mini mosaics. She taught elementary school during WW II years, was involved with the Altar Society of her churches (Sacred Heart in Roggen and St. Helena in Fort Morgan), Cowbells, Wheat Growers Association, DOES of the Elks organization, and a member of the Wheat Co-op and Grange.
She will be fondly remembered for her warm heart, compassion, love of family and friends, her tenacity, strength, gracious mannerisms, artistic ability, keen wit, sense of humor and deep passion for her faith.
Germaine married Antonio Bettale (d.1970) Aug.16, 1937. Six children were born to this union: Richard of Longmont, Steven (d. 2003) of Phoenix, Ariz., Celeste Hall (Ron) of Petaluma, Calif., Kevin (Michal) of Butte, Mont., Gail Hagge (Rod) and Craig Patrick (d. 2008) both of Santa Rosa, Calif.
She is survived by nine grandchildren, Patrick K. Bettale, Lance Hagge, Toni Kline, Christina Piland, Brian Bettale, Sarah Brester, Erin Eastep, Dominic Bettale and Antonio Bettale. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are three sisters, Magdeline (Shoeneman) of Lyons, Rose (died as a toddler), and Augusta (Erker) of Longmont; and one brother, Anthony Klausner of Wichita, Kan.
Condolences may be sent to the family at heermortuary.com
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