Betty J. Gerber

Dec. 10, 1928 - Feb. 22, 2006

Betty Jane Gerber, 77, of Waukesha, formerly of Racine (Crestview) and Rochester, was born into eternal life Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. Recently, she had been in hospice care in the home of her son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Patricia, in Rochester. She was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Mattoon, to the late Edwin and Cara (nee Blodgett) Berkholtz.

Betty was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waterford. She was the crafts department manager of Ben Franklin in Burlington for 18 years, worked in Racine at Greenleaves Nursery and as a chef at the former Spinning Wheel restaurant. A fantastic cook, one of her many interests was making beautiful wedding and special occasion cakes. She loved to entertain, and her green thumb was evident in her many house plants and gardening talents.

While residing at Oakhill Village, she participated in many activities including making dolls for Children’s Hospital.

Betty is survived by her husband, Robert; her children, Cara (Mark) Rogers, Robert (Patricia) Gerber, Mary (Kit) Heinen, Cindy (Jim) Mueller and Mark Gerber; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Edwin and Wallace; sisters, Geraldine and Beverly; brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and countless close and dear friends.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Ashley.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 145 S. Sixth St., Waterford.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society or Roland Nelson Crossroads Hospice.

The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to the staff of Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice and especially Susie Wenzel for her compassion, concern and care for Betty and the entire family. Thanks also to Pastor Bischoff for his visits and prayers.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.

"God saw Betty getting tired and a cure was not meant to be. So he put his arm around her and whispered ‘Come to me.’ With tearful eyes we watched her suffer and saw her slowly fade away, although we loved her dearly we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating hard, working hands to put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove as he only takes the best."