Betti J.Wilcox (nee Kern)

Betti J. Wilcox (nee Kern), 88, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully Friday, July 19, 2013. She is survived by her loving husband, Ken.

She was the dear mother of Bruce Wilcox and Monica (Brian) Pearson and loving grandmother of George Pearson and Emily Pearson.

She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Bruce.

Betti loved children and she was motivated by her motherís cousin, Amy Honeyager, to become a teacher. Betti taught kindergarten in the Elmbrook School District for 29 years. Like Amy, Betti is remembered as a patient and loving teacher. Betti also helped her husband, Ken, establish a new photography studio in Waukesha by hand painting portraits in oil.

Betti loved music and she and Ken had fun singing their favorite songs together, harmonizing often in their kitchen. Betti played piano for her kindergarten students, for her children and for her grandchildren.

When she was a young adult, she sang at weddings. Betti and Ken loved to travel together and they were members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club. Her journal entries written during these trips are now enjoyed by her family.

When their son, Bruce, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Betti and Ken became hard-working volunteers in the newly formed Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Waukesha. Betti loved humor and she appreciated and was sustained by Kenís sense of humor, even through the long progression of Alzheimerís disease.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, July 26, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Private entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Alzheimerís Association or to the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Wisconsin.

Special thanks to the staff of Allouez Parkside Village and to Unity Hospice for their kind and loving care.

Zwaska Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 414-354-5330 or visit online at