Shima Bettig

Shima Bettig

Wednesday, July 15th, 1931 - Monday, July 6th, 2020
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Shima Denton Bettig, 88, of Benton Harbor, passed away, July, 6, 2020 at West Woods in Bridgman.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 1PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Miles Becher officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, from 11AM until the time of the service at the funeral home. A private burial will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sodus, MI. Memorial donations may be made to Napier Parkview Baptist Church or Krasl Art Center. Those wishing to share a memory of Shima may do so online at

Shima was born on July 15, 1931 in Tokyo, Japan to Tomiyo (Nora) and Suematu Furukawa. She moved to the US in 1952 when she married Lloyd Denton. She had another chance at love and marriage when she married Paul Bettig in 2002. She spent many years enjoying her passions which included painting, photography, crocheting, cooking and gardening. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren, working on endless projects, and spending time with her Japanese friends.

Shima is survived by her husband, Paul Bettig; son, Clyde Denton of Pittsburg, PA; daughter, Kathern (Robert) Burger of Savannah, GA; sister, Kyoko Inoue; grandchildren, Kiesha Denton of St. Joseph, Kristina (Aaron) Soule of St. Joseph, David (Erin) Wroten of Hanover, PA, Sarah (Brian) Lott, Josh (Jennie) Denton, Caleb (Theresa) Denton, and Zach, all of Pittsburg, PA; great-grandchildren, Alana, Lilly, Mason, Maddy, Jonas, James, Jackson, Addison, Owen, and Collin.

Shima was preceded in death by her parents; late husband, Lloyd Denton; sons, Frank Denton and Michael Denton; siblings, Mituko Matue, Ayako Tanaka, and Chiyoko Koezumi.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, July 11th, 2020 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations may be made to Napier Parkview Baptist Church or Krasl Art Center.
  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Cemetery


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Heidi Fahrner

Posted at 04:45pm
I wanted to share about some of my memories of Shima as my step-grandmother for over 15 years. I'm sure many people will mention how much she loved the Chinese Buffet! She took us there so many times that I cannot count! I remember how much she loved seeing our children and loved babies! I also remember her taking me shopping a few times for presents and clothing to take back for the children while we lived in Germany.
One specific memory I have was when she came with Opa to visit Germany. She went around to all the different places to visit the family that we have there dutifully being at his side while he and the family chatted in German. Opa, in his usual excitement in telling stories, would frequently forget to stop and translate. Every so often, she would remark, "Paul, Paul, what are you saying?!" (you have to say "Paul" with her accent which I thought was to be treasured)
I'm not sure if anyone will mention that she was my mom's Sunday School teacher back when my mom was in high school which shows how faithful she has been in church so many years!
I also remember her artistic mind. She would often have projects that she would make and share with other people. We have little pom-pom chicks and washcloths she made, among other things! She was certainly a blessing to my family!

Debby Radke

Posted at 11:15pm
To all of Shimas family, She sure will be missed by so many. I loved her so much. prayers and love to all of her family.. God Bless you all. Much love, Debby Radke.

Judy Cassidy

Posted at 07:29pm
Really enjoyed Shima. A fine lady! Warm, creative, down to earth and bright. I became acquainted with her at the Box Factory for the Arts. I'm grateful to have known her!

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