Bravo! Betty Jean Gerbeth, of South Bend IN, was 95, when she died on January 19, 2023. She was the loving matriarch of her family - four daughters: Roxanne (Lee) Ewing of South Bend, IN; Valerie (William) Strycker of South Bend, IN; Susan (Paul) Jones of Hillsborough, NC; and Cynthia (Roger) Duff of Paw Paw, MI; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Ewing.
Betty was born on November 10, 1927, in Kendallville, IN, to the late Fred and Florence (Kuhn) Fought. On February 3, 1951, she married the late William George Gerbeth at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, South Bend.
Betty was a devoted wife, nurse, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was also a founding member of Hilltop Lutheran Church and decades-long volunteer at the public library.
If you stopped by for a visit, she would give you a tour of the yard to see her “pretty flowers.” Toys were always ready for the children.
She was known for her special bran muffins and her love of chocolate and cheese burgers. She enjoyed playing games - cards with the ladies in the “club” and Dominoes and Euchre with the family.
Betty will be dearly missed, but happy to join, William, her husband of 64 years, in heaven.
What a beautiful, full life. Bravo!
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Betty Jean Gerbeth may be given to Hilltop Lutheran Church, 4114 S. Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46614 or to Pet Refuge, 4626 S. Burnett St., South Bend, IN 46614.
4626 S. Burnett Drive, South Bend IN 46614
Hilltop Lutheran Church
4114 S. Ironwood, South Bend IN 46614