Betty Jean ‘Betty Boop’ Mendell (nee Knutson)

Betty Jean "Betty Boop" Mendell (nee Knutson), 74, a former longtime resident of Oconomowoc and formerly of Kempster, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star and a life member and past president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 2260 in Oconomowoc.

Betty was a past member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ and choir in Dousman and was a member of the Holiday United Church of Christ and choir, as well as a Lady of Pasco County 315 High 12 Club in Holiday, Fla.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, LeRoy Sr. of Holiday; four children, Debbie (Gary) Goodman of Johnson Creek, Sandy (Harold) Stevens and (Cindy) Burdus Galbraith Jr. of Kingsland, Ga., and LeRoy "Bubby" (Lisa) Mendell Jr. of Fort Atkinson; two brothers; Robert (Lucille) and Ronald (Charlotte) Knutson Sr. of Eustis, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia (Brenning) Livermore, and a grandson, Shaun Livermore.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 19, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. Interment will be held at Delafield City Cemetery.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit