Germaine Christina BETTALE

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With serenity, Germaine Bettale, age 94, passed away Thursday, 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. Germaine was born February 10, 1919 in Garden Plains, Kansas to Michael Klausner and Cecelia (Tillie) Kampling. They later moved to the High Plains, of Colorado, in 1918, breaking sod in Roggen, Colorado. 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, she and her husband purchased the Broad Acres Farms near Pueblo, CO., and in 1955 they purchased the Wildcat Farm and Ranch, north of Ft Morgan, CO., where they raised beef cattle and thoroughbred horses. Upon retirement, she moved to Loveland, CO., and in 1989 she relocated to Petaluma CA., where she spent the remainder of her days with her children. Germaine married Antonio Bettale (d. 1970) August 16, 1937; six children were born to this union: Richard of Longmont, CO, Steven (d. 2003) of Phoenix, AZ., Celeste Hall (Ron) of Petaluma, CA., Kevin (Michal) of Butte, MT., Gail Hagge (Rod) of Santa Rosa and Craig Patrick (d. 2008) of Santa Rosa. 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, she had three sisters: Magdeline (Shoeneman) of Lyons, CO., Rose (died as a toddler), and Augusta (Erker) of Longmont, CO., and one brother, Anthony Klausner of Wichita, KS. Germaine was a gifted artist in mini mosaics. She taught elementary school during the World War 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, Elks ladies auxiliary, and 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. A funeral mass, graveside services and reception will be held at St. Helena's Catholic Church, located at 917 West Seventh Street, Fort Morgan, Colorado, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., with viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. Family was served by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory, Petaluma, CA.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 31 to June 1, 2013
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