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Betty Jane Abendroth

Betty Jane Abendroth, 78, of Toledo, Ohio, died Thursday at Sunset House after a long battle with cancer. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ab Abendroth.

Born on June 2, 1934, in St. Louis to Melvin and Ella Schlake, Betty relocated to the Toledo area with her husband, "Ab" Abendroth, in the 1950s. Betty was a longtime resident of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, where she raised her family before moving to Vineland, N.J., in 1982. While in Vineland, she worked at National Freight, made great friends and enjoyed exploring the east coast with her husband. After Ab's death in 1994, Betty returned to the Toledo area and lived in Stone Oak.

While raising her family, Betty enjoyed volunteering. She served as a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art and treasurer of the Sunset House, where she later served as an auxiliary board member. Betty was a longtime, active member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she was involved in Lunches for Luther. Betty had an eye for interior decorating and enjoyed antiquing as well as planning and holding estate sales. Betty also enjoyed playing bridge with her husband and her friends. She was a member of the Inverness Club, where she enjoyed tennis. She loved the annual family trips to Anna Marie Island, Fla. Above all, Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching their activities.

Betty's family thanks the staff of Sunset House from the Woodlands, Assisted Living, Supportive and Nursing Care as well as Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Surviving are her sister, Eleanor Klein and husband, Henry; son, Paul Abendroth and wife, Sharon, of Ottawa Hills; daughter, Nancy Brown and husband, Bill, of Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Brent, Lauren and Matthew Abendroth; and Ellen, Kelsey, Abby and Will Brown.

Betty's life will be celebrated beginning with a visitation on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave., and continuing with a funeral ceremony on Monday at 10 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Secor and Indian roads. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty's memory may be given to the , Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or Sunset House. Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 19, 2013
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