GENOA – Betty Ann Walker, 68, of Genoa, Ill., died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, after her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed at her home. |
Born Dec. 16, 1944, in Chicago, Betty Ann was married to David Walker on May, 2, 1964, and they had four sons, all of whom they put through college and are graduates of Western Illinois University: David (Kelly) Jr. of Tinley Park, Michael (Barbara) of Wilmington, N.C., Todd (Amy) of Genoa and Dennis (Christina) of Pingree Grove. Betty also had 12 grandchildren, Theresa, Cassidy, Tyler, Andrew, Kendall, Logan, Lauren, Thomas, Sydney, Veronica, Reilly and Morgan. She also is survived by her brother, Ted Gerritsen of Tinley Park and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gysbert (Bill) and Yvonne Gerritsen; and her siblings, Robert, Gilbert and Dolores.
Betty was a consummate mother and grandmother, whose hobbies included sewing, gardening, baking and volunteering. Her best talent was making friends and helping others. She worked for Dolton Park District and Walcamp Ministries. Betty was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa, and made many friends at the Genoa VFW.
The family would like to thank everyone who assisted and supported Betty Ann in her time of need. They appreciate the kindness, compassion and friendship. Thank-you to Dr. AI Mardini for his professionalism and compassion.
Her funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott St., in Genoa, with the Rev. Melissa Meyers officiating. Burial will be at Genoa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135, and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at the Church.
Memorials can be made to Swedish American Cancer Center (www.swedishamerican.org/about/medical_foundation/many_ways_to_give/) or the
For more information or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.butalafuneralhomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 19, 2013