Betty Jean (Lipton) Kiechle

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BETTY JEAN KIECHLE (NEE LIPTON) LOWELL, IN Betty Jean Kiechle (nee Lipton), 53, of Lowell, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at home unexpectedly following a brief hospitalization. Betty was preceded in death by her parents: Leonard and Lois Lipton. She is survived by her husband, Scott; mother-in-law, Joan; sister, Mary (Michael) Grable; and brothers: John (Linda) Lipton, James (Kim) Lipton, Mark (Alecia) Lipton, and Thomas (Chris) Lipton; aunts: Helen Lipton, Charlotte Hoover, and Betty Spieth; and uncle, Bernard Lipton. Betty was aunt to 15 nieces and nephews. On July 19, 2002, Betty married the love of her life and true soul mate, Scott Kiechle. Scott's presence in Betty's life was a true blessing and undoubtedly endowed her with many more years of quality of life than she might not have otherwise had. Family, friends and colleagues will be received at the Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave. Lowell, IN on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Deardorff officiating. Cremation following. Betty was born March 17, 1959 to Leonard and Lois Lipton. She grew up in Merrillville and graduated from Merrillville High School in 1977. Betty earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1981 and an MBA from Purdue University in 2000, and was awarded the Outstanding Student in her MBA class. She worked for various companies and organizations through the years including Boeing in Kansas, Northrup/ Gruman in California - where she was involved with the development of the B2 Stealth Bomber, The Lake County Surveyors Office and the development of their GIS, and was currently employed by EQM at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. Known as the family link, Betty tied all of her family together, those both near and far. She was known and loved for her independent spirit and quirky sense of humor - right down to her mismatched earrings and socks. Betty blazed trails for women in engineering, working on such prestigious projects as the B2 Stealth Bomber, at a time when women as project managers were rare. Because she herself was an organ recipient, Betty championed and supported organ donation. She was a thoughtful and giving aunt to her many nieces and nephews. For several years, Betty was a member of Crown Point Lions' Club, donating her time and talents to the community. Her fun-time activities included collecting Oreo merchandise, Lipton tea items and ornate teapots. She was a frequent bidder at local auctions and a regular visitor, along with husband, to antique and consignment shops. Betty was a longtime conservative and supporter of the NRA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

Published in The Times on Nov. 27, 2012
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