Betty D. Fetzer, 85 - April 24, 2010

DANA — Betty D. Fetzer, 85, Byron, formerly of Dana, died Saturday (April 24, 2010) in Neighbors Nursing Home, Byron.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home (, Byron, with the Rev. Randy Snider officiating. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Dana Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Ogle County Hospice or Byron Area Seniors.

She was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Walnut Hill, the daughter of Clement and Marie Ruble Schwartz. She was a 1942 graduate of Dana High School and married Kenneth Fetzer on Dec. 31, 1945, in Dana. He died in 1980. Betty retired in 1986, after 22 years, as a Tupperware manager.

She was a volunteer coordinator at Byron Forest Preserve for two years and worked under Tri-County as senior companion to older Americans. She also volunteered at Neighbors Nursing Home for nine years, Share program for six years, Ogle County Health Department for 15 years, Byron Civic Theater of 10 years, and the Byron Food Pantry.

Betty was a member of the Long Point Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years, served as secretary for Byron Area Seniors and was activity chairman for more than 13 years doing 20 to 30 trips a year. She also volunteered for Rock River Center, Oregon, Ill., and served as an election judge for more than 50 years. She enjoyed bingo and the card games pinochle and 500.

She was a person who  always kept busy with her crafts, her baking, her cooking or working seek & finds. She was a caring mom, a wonderful “GG” to grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a good friend and neighbor to many. She will be in our hearts forever.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy (Richard) Esposito, Byron; son, Ronald E. (Terrie) Fetzer, Johnson Creek, Wis.; grandchildren, Caryn (Kraig) Hoover, Janelle (Timothy) Smith, Bryan (Mandie) Esposito and Jeremiah (Carrie) Fetzer; and great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Andra Hoover, Sydney and Ryan Smith, Lauren and Davis Esposito and Madison and Aubrey Fetzer.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward Schwartz.