Betty J. Koehler, 75

Betty J. Koehler (Reimer), 75, of Little Kohler, town of Fre-donia, passed away on Sept. 5, 2009 at her home, across the street from where she was born in Little Kohler surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in

Little Kohler on Nov. 24, 1933 to Mabel Reimer. On Sept. 23, 1950 she married Frederick ńFritzî Koehler Jr. at St. MartinÍs Church in Fillmore. Betty and Fritz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2000. During her 51 years of marriage to Fritz, they were partners in everything they did including running Little Kohler Welding, Little Kohler tavern/restaurant and LehnÍs Catering. Betty loved children and drove school bus for Johnson Bus Co. for 44 years. She completed her 44th year in June of 2009 with perfect attendance and had every intention of returning this fall to drive children to school for her 45th year.

Betty was a charter member of the Fredonia Lion/ Lioness Club and served as their treasurer until her death. She was also a member of St. JohnÍs Lutheran Church and Ladies Guild. Betty loved bowling, softball, horseshoes, playing sheepshead and bingo. Betty and Fritz sponsored numerous local softball, bowling and horseshoe teams. Betty loved to cook and her favorite time of the year was Christmas when she could decorate cookies with her grandkids. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoying picnics and parties at the family pond.

She is survived by her children Gerald (Barb) of Crivitz, Frederick ńFritz IIIî (Sue Plant) of Belgium, Charlene (Timothy) Landing of Fre-donia, Dale (Kate) of Amery, and Bruce (Dawn Dieringer) of Random Lake. She is further survived by 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous family and friends. Betty was a loving godmother to her granddaughter Nikisha.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years Fritz, her mother Mabel and granddaughter Kristen.

Visitation will be at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washing-ton on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at St. John's Lutheran Church, Fredonia on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St. JohnÍs Lutheran Church, Fredonia with Pastor Robert Zick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.