Betty Ann Walker, 68, of Genoa, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 after her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed at her home.
Born December 16, 1944, in Chicago, Betty Ann was married to David Walker on May, 2, 1964, and they had four sons all of whom they put through college and are graduates of Western Illinois University: David (Kelly), Jr. of Tinley Park, IL; Michael (Barbara) of Wilmington, NC; Todd (Amy) of Genoa; and Dennis (Christina) of Pingree Grove, IL. Betty also had twelve grandchildren: Theresa, Cassidy, Tyler, Andrew, Kendall, Logan, Lauren, Thomas, Sydney, Veronica, Reilly, and Morgan. She is also survived by her brother Ted Gerritsen of Tinley Park, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gysbert (Bill) and Yvonne Gerritsen and her siblings Robert, Gilbert and Dolores.
Betty was a consummate mother and grandmother, whose hobbies included sewing, gardening, baking, and volunteering. But her best talent was making friends and helping others. She worked for the Dolton Park District and Walcamp Ministries. Betty was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa, and made many friends at the Genoa VFW.
The family would like to thank everyone who assisted and supported mom in her time of need. We appreciate your kindness, compassion and friendship. Thank you to Dr. AI Mardini for his professionalism and compassion.
Her Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21st at 11:00 AM at the Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott St. in Genoa with Rev. Melissa Meyers officiating. Burial will be at the Genoa Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 3:00-9:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 20th at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main, Genoa, IL. 60135 and from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Thursday at the Church.
Memorials can be made to the Swedish American Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society. (the links are listed below): http://www.swedishamerican.org/about/medical_foundation/many_ways_to_give/ Cancer Center
https://donate.cancer.org/index General ACS donation
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