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Betty LeTendre

March 14, 1921 August 12, 2018
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Although the Lord decided to call Betty home on Sunday, August12, 2018, her gifts left behind will continue to enrich the lives of those she touched. For those who did not grow up in the Great Depression era as Betty did, please know these important things: Work hard, don’t swear, always greet your family, friends (and strangers) enthusiastically, with a big friendly smile, a hug, and some kind words. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Use the folded up piece of aluminum foil in your kitchen drawer, as well as bread bags again and again. Gift wrapping paper and bows can be re-used for up to 30 years!..No matter what you are going through, there will always be someone who has it better and someone who has it worse than you. Gardening is extremely therapeutic, and everybody likes flowers. Betty was born on March 14, 1921, the first of two children to George and Francis (Selb) Goodman. The family lived in Drywood, eight miles north of Cadott, WI. Betty attended grade school at Little Drywood and graduated from Cadott High School in 1938. She went on to Stout Institute graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science - Home Economics Education, in 1942. While teaching for a year in Seneca, WI, she married Lyle LeTendre, a neighbor from Drywood, at St Paul’s Chapel in Madison on May 30, 1942. Lyle was called to WWII service in 1943 and the first of three children, Carole, was born that same year. Babette followed in 1946. Upon Lyle’s graduation with a Bachelor of Science - Pharmacy from University of Wisconsin in 1948, Betty and Lyle relocated to Oconto where Lyle was employed at Schultz Drug Store. Lyle Jr. was born in 1951, shortly before the death of his father, Lyle. With Lyle’s passing in 1951, Betty became the breadwinner and accepted a Home Economics teaching job at Oconto High School. With the help of family, friends, and community, Betty successfully raised her three children. After a long career as a home economics teacher, she retired in 1983. Betty spent her many retirement years gardening, caring for friends, spending time with her grandchildren, and playing a lot of bridge.

Betty is survived by one brother, Bob (Lil) Goodman, Altoona, WI, two children, Carole (Bob) Brown, Rochester, MN, Babette (Larry) Grady, Little Chute, WI, three grandchildren, Brandon (Evelyn) Grady, Rochester, MN, Karrie Grady, St. Francis, WI, Jordan (Richelle) Grady, Kaukauna, WI, and five great-grandchildren, Jada, Phoenix, Alyla, Brock, and Emma who gave her much joy and happiness throughout her life. Her family is thankful for the many years they had with their mother, grandma, and great-grandma. Betty was preceded in death by he parents, her husband Lyle, and her son Lyle Jr.

To the many relatives and friends who spent time with Betty, please know how important your visits and conversations were to her. She was always excited to talk about who visited or who she spoke with on the phone. She lived to interact with others. As her family, we are sincerely grateful to each and every one of you, for playing a role in her long and happy life.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto, from 9 to 11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Friday at the church with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Burial will be Saturday, August 18, at St Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Drywood at 12 Noon. Online condolences may expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

Special thanks to Betty’s many care givers and friends at Sun Valley Homes.

In lieu of monetary gifts, do something kind and thoughtful for another, in remembrance of Betty’s giving nature. Visit the sick, bake your neighbor some cookies, or send someone a hand-written letter. The best things in life can’t be bought, nor does love require grand gestures.

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Visitation

Friday

17

Aug

9:00 AM 8/17/2018 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Friday

17

Aug

11:00 AM 8/17/2018 11:00:00 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

300 Arbutus Avenue
Oconto, WI 54153

Mass of Christian Burial by Rev. Joel Sember.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
300 Arbutus Avenue Oconto 54153 WI
United States
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