Elizabeth Elaine Mikkelson, 76

Elizabeth Elaine Mikkelson (Betty), 76, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Betty was born in Clay, New York, the daughter of George and Lillian Duke. At the age of 17, she married James F. Mikkelson (Jim) of Antigo on Jan. 21, 1958, and they made West Bend their home for nearly 60 years of marriage.

Together, Betty and Jim created a large family and many memories. She was a beautiful, loving, generous and kind soul. Betty loved children and had a fun-loving spirit that touched many lives. Betty knew the pain of loss and sadness, but remained positive and happy, providing inspiration to all who knew her. She was passionate about her family and spirited in her convictions. Betty will always be with us.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her mother- and father in-law, Arnold and Mary Mikkelson of Antigo; and eight beautiful children. She is survived by her husband, Jim; five adult children, James Mikkelson Jr. (Mary) of West Bend, Sherrie Mikkelson and Marc Mikkelson (Sherry) of Elkhart Lake, Michael Mikkelson (Lisa) of Temechula, California, and Jeannette Brown (Brian Troedel) of Iola; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The immediate family held a private memorial Oct. 3 to celebrate her life.

The family requests that cards or letters of condolence be mailed to P.O. Box 1091, West Bend, WI 53095-8091.