Betty C. Brinkman

Cemetery Record Information

Full Name: Betty C. Brinkman
Maiden Name: Franey


Birth: October 3, 1912
Death: October 11, 2003
Age: 91



Betty Brinkman, 91, of 929 Main St. Lomira WI, died Oct. 11, 2003 at Evergreen Retirement Community, Oshkosh WI. She was born Oct. 3, 1912, daughter of Tom and Rose Beyer Franey, Elmore WI. She graduated from St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac WI. In 1931 she married Herbert Brinkman at St. Stephen Church in Steubenville OH with Rev. Fr. Krull, former chaplain of St. Mary’s Springs Academy, officiating. Herbert preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1985.

She is survived by son, Thomas and his wife Antoinette of Oshkosh, daughter Susan and husband Ronald Coffman of Columbus OH, and daughter Becky and husband Ronald Helmeid of Fond du Lac; grandchildren Thomas Brinkman II and his wife Lisa and Elizabeth Brinkman, Caleb Coffman and Noel Coffman, Emily Helmeid and Evan Helmeid and great-grandchildren Nina Brinkman and Thomas Brinkman III.

Mrs. Brinkman was a charter member of the Lomira Women’s Club and active in Girl Scouting as Lone-Council President, Assistant Leader and WauBun Council Board of Directors. She was a member of the Lomira Historical Society. It is in her devotion to Lomira Public Library that Betty is best remembered, being a prime mover in establishing the library in 1939, acting as Director of that library until the 1950’s and acting as President of the Board of Trustees for 35 years. She served on the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System Board of Trustees from 1975-1982 and again from 1992-1997, and was a member and officer of the Wisconsin Library Trustees Associated Board of Directors for three terms. In service to her church, Mrs. Brinkman was a member of the first Parish Council of Nativity of St. Mary’s, Lomira, and aide in the parochial school and a reader of the liturgy. From 1988 to June 1991 she was a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of Milwaukee, under Archbishop Weakland. Betty received many honors and awards. In 1973 she was awarded the Girl Scout Silver Plaque of Achievement, in 1978 she received the Wisconsin Library Association’s Trustee of the Year Award and in 1983 the Lomira Chamber of Commerce honored her with its Citizen of the Year Award.

Private family burial has taken place at Nativity of St. Mary’s Cemetery. A memorial Eucharistic liturgy service is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 18, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Nativity of St. Mary’s Lomira, with Rev. Fr. Robert Brodzeller and Rev. Kevin Kowalske, pastor, concelebrating. All Betty’s family, relatives, friends and parish family are warmly and cordially invited to attend a time of sharing and reminiscing, with refreshments served at Nativity of St. Mary’s Reception Hall, Milwaukee St., Lomira, immediately following the Eucharistic Liturgy. The Betty Brinkman Memorial has been established in her honor to benefit Nativity of St. Mary’s Lomira and the Lomira Public Library in lieu of flowers.


Oshkosh Northwestern, Wed. Oct. 15, 2003, p. C3.


St. Mary’s Cemetery – Lomira, WI

Headstone Location:
Section A row 12-28