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Betty Strzyzykowski

Betty Jane Strzyzykowski

Thursday, February 14th, 1929 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Betty Jane Strzyzykowski, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, November 19, 2020, surrounded by family and angels.

The family will receive guests from 10am until 10:30am, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, processing to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph for Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Benton Harbor. Memorial contributions may be given to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools or Birthright of St. Joseph.

Betty was born February 14, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, to Grover and Ethel Gaa. Betty attended business college and worked at Sears in Chicago. A consummate homemaker and devoted mother of eleven, she treasured her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a way of making everyone feel like they were the only person, even in a full room.

Betty was a devoted Catholic, prayed the Rosary daily with her daughter, Marge, and attended Mass regularly. Her life was a testament to her deep faith, from which she projected acceptance, love, and kindness.

She took great pride working for Edisan Shoe Store in St. Joseph for many years and served as President of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. For many years, up to her passing, she enjoyed bowling, casinos, TV game shows, tinkering with her many electronics, and playing games to challenge herself and keep her mind sharp.

Betty is survived by seven sons, Joseph (Laura), Stanley (Carolyn), Thomas (Barbara), Patrick (Tammy), Tim (Sandy), Jim (Carrie), and David (Margie); four daughters, Margaret Krawczewicz, Ann (Eleazar) Marquez, Susan (Thomas) Holland, Victoria (Christopher) Haack; over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a granddaughter who had a special relationship with Betty and Joseph, April (Scott) Thomas. Betty was preceded by her husband of 65 years, Joseph; and grandson, Brian.

Betty’s most fervent wish was peace for everyone and sang, Let There Be Peace on Earth nightly. She loved her family in which she instilled strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    Address
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Cemetery - Benton Harbor
    Address
    Benton Harbor , Michigan 49022

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Mike O'Malley

Posted at 04:25pm
Tom & Barb along with your entire family.
Lisa and I are so very sorry for your loss.
We did not know her, but her family demonstrates to all of us the love and care they give to everyone they meet.
So, your mom must have been a saint and probably has a cherished place with our savior.
God Bless, Mike and Lisa O
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Jane Deaton

Posted at 01:01pm
Tom and Barb, so sorry for your loss. Your mother lived a wonderful life and has left a remarkable legacy for your family. You, your children, and grandchildren have precious memories to comfort you during this difficult time and beyond.
Jane and Bill Deaton
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Tim Strzyzykowski

Posted at 10:01am
It has been a special blessing to be able to read a few more of the many people mom uplifted in our lives! Even with so many family around her she truly did her utmost to have one to one blessings. Good memories are even more precious now as we await Jesus sooncoming and the resurrection of the 'sleeping'! Truly, my prayer is God bless us, everyone!
AS

Alan Smiy

Posted at 01:01pm
Dear Tom, Barb and family,
We were so very sorry to hear the news about Tom's mom. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Fondly,
Julie & Alan Smiy
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Diana Dwan Poole

Posted at 01:13pm
Carolyn and Stan, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I know your whole family will miss her so much, but just know that she is in a beautiful and peaceful place now. May God bless you all.
Diana Dwan Poole and Carl Poole
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