On a peaceful April morning surrounded by all of her children and family, Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Zanger, 95, crossed over into the arms of the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Zanger Sr. at 11:35 a.m. Sunday (April 14, 2013).
Betty was born on Oct. 11, 1917, in Quincy, the daughter of Frank and Anna Voss Venvertloh. She was the only girl in the family with seven older brothers. She married Robert W. Zanger Sr. on June 10, 1939, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Quincy. He died on Nov. 10, 1988.
Betty was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She was a shining example of faith, love and generosity. Betty always offered to feed her family and guests with food and beverage once under her roof. She was a wonderful cook known for her homemade ketchup, pecan rolls and angel food cakes. She loved to play any type of card game, especially euchre, pinochle and pitch. Betty was a homemaker most of her life, gardening and selling vegetables and fruits to local stores. After raising her children she worked at Moorman's for several years in the cafeteria.
She is survived by seven children, Robert W. Zanger Jr. and his wife, Sally, James G. "Squeak" Zanger and his wife, Mary Jean, Lawrence H. "Larry" Zanger and his wife, Donna, Ed Zanger, Mary A. Courty and her husband, Clive, all of Quincy, Rose M. Cherry and her husband, Andrew "Andy," of Pleasant Plains, and Michael J. Zanger and his wife, Janice, of Quincy; 19 grandchildren, Chris Zanger and his wife, Lori, Mark Zanger and his wife, Brandy, Linda Sperry and her husband, Doug, Jim Zanger and his wife, Tina, Barbie Wargo and her husband, Brad, Marcia East and her husband, Josh, Eric Zanger and his wife, Kathleen, Jeff Zanger and his wife, Shannon, Michelle Adams and her husband, John, Jay Zanger and his girlfriend, Clare Blase, Angie Geiselman and her husband, John, Susan Zanger and her fiancÃ©, Jim Thixton, Melanie Zanger and her boyfriend, Robert Huff, Craig Courty and his wife, Tammy, Matt Courty and his wife, April, Charles Cherry and his wife, Diane, Vicki Selvaggio and her husband, Andy, Ryan Zanger and his wife, Jayme, and Lindsay Zanger; and 32 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Zach, Wolfgang, Ripley, Jared, Madison, Jordan, Tanner, Jenna, Hunter, Jonathan, McKenna, Hunter, Kevin, Brian, Justin, Nathan, Logan, Addison, Morgan, Megan, Lucas, Elizabeth, Samantha "Sami," Kennedy, Kate, Cody, Chevee, Alex, Lauryl, Anna and Kieyran.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald "Donnie" Zanger; one grandson, David "Stomp" Zanger; one great-grandson, Easton "Super E" Zanger; seven brothers, George, Henry, William "Pete", John, Ed, Albert "Bert" and Ferdie Venvertloh.
SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home and a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Francis Catholic Church, with the Rev. James Wheeler. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: St. Francis Catholic Church, Quincy Notre Dame or to the Knights of Columbus TV Mass for Shut-Ins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy