Marion Gladyce Betz

Cemetery Record Information

Full Name: Marion Gladyce Betz
Maiden Name: Dyer


Birth: September 10, 1916
Death: June 18, 2012
Age: 95



Marion Gladyce Dyer Betz, 95, died peacefully on June 18, 2012 at the Woodlands Senior Park, Fond du Lac. She was born on September 10, 1916, the eldest child of the late Eugene and Loretta Kelley Dyer. She was born at the home of her maternal grandparents, Jeremiah and Mary Anne Clarke Kelley, located on the southeastern corner of Fond du Lac County Trunk F and Kelley Road. A resident of the Town of Byron for 85 years, she moved to Fond du Lac after the death of her husband Raymond who died on September 24, 2001. She was educated at Harrison School in the Town of Byron and treasured the many friendships she formed there over the years both as a student and later on as a teacher. After eighth grade, she attended Roosevelt Junior High School and Fond du Lac High School, graduating in 1934. Upon completion of a teacher certification program at Oshkosh State Teachers' College, she began her career in education in the fall of 1935 at Elmore School in the Town of Ashford, where she taught until 1937. She then taught at Harrison School in Byron until her marriage to Raymond Henry Betz on September 11, 1943, at St. John's Catholic Church in Byron.

Like many from her generation, her life was shaped by the grinding poverty of the Great Depression, the enormous sacrifices of World War II, and the multiple responsibilities related to family, career, and community. In 1955, she resumed her career in education and taught at Jefferson, Nels Anderson, and Genesee Schools in the Town of Byron. From 1959, until 1965, she was the teacher at the Dodge County Handicapped Children's School in Byron. Additionally, she earned a B.S. degree from Marian College in 1962, and a M.S. degree from Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh in 1970. In 1965, she accepted a position with the Fond du Lac School District and taught at Sabish Junior High School, retiring in 1985. She also worked with her husband on their farm, in the orchard, and at the Byron Farm Market; was a 4-H leader for forty years; belonged to numerous professional and community organizations; wrote a column for the Fond du Lac Reporter for many years; and was a lifelong member of Sons of Zebedee-St. John's Church.

Survivors include five daughters, Katherine Alexander of Albuquerque, NM, Carolyn (Ronald) Baeten of DePere, WI, Mary Ellen (Gerald) Keeton, Ruidoso, NM, Elizabeth (Glenn) Lampark, Racine, WI, and Maureen Betz (Wayne King), Byron, WI; seven grandchildren, David (Minny) Miller of San Jose, CA, Michelle Eiland of Albuquerque, NM, Carrie McDonough of Green Bay, WI, John (Tesa Villalobos) Baeten of Houghton, MI, Jeri Ann Noltensmeyer of Ruidoso, NM, Colin Lampark of Chicago, IL, and Gregory Lampark of Racine, WI; and two great-grandsons, Jack McDonough, Green Bay, WI and Levi Miller, San Jose, CA. She is further survived by three sisters-in-law, Joan Dyer of Fond du Lac, Eunice Huck of Fond du Lac, and Agnes Johnson of Campbellsport, cousin Delores Kelley of Milwaukee, and 21 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Raymond, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Dyer, who died on February 18, 1986, and 2nd Lt. Lester Dyer, USMC, who was killed in action on Iwo Jima on February 24, 1945; four brothers-in-law, Walter Betz (Helen), Adrian Betz (Rosemary), Lloyd Huck, and Thomas Johnson; one sister-in-law, Rose Creuzer (Oscar); and her son-in-law, John Ebert.

Visitation: Family will greet relatives and friends Saturday July 7, 2012 from 9:00 until 10:45 a.m. at Sons of Zebedee, St. John's Church in Byron.

Services: A Memorial Service will be celebrated in the church at 11:00 a.m. Private inurnment will take place in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marion's name may be directed to Sons of Zebedee Human Concerns, St John's, Byron, to the Fond du Lac Area Retired Educators Association Scholarship Fund, or to the Town of Byron Veterans Memorial.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Woodlands Senior Park and Agnesian Hospice Hope Program for their kindness and compassion.

"Those who believe in the Lord never see each other for the last time."

Zacherl Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.


St. John’s Cemetery – Byron, WI

Headstone Location:
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