Betty Jean Nelson Whitney-Behling, Rockford, IL (1930-2014)

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

June 10, 1930 - March 6, 2014

Betty Jean Nelson Whitney-Behling of Rockford, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was born June 10, 1930, in Orfordville, WI, the daughter of Henry and Anna Nelson. She was a graduate of Honenegah High School, class of 48. She married Donald A. Whitney in Old Stone Church on Nov. 5, 1948, he predeceased her in 2007. She, then, married William Behling on Nov. 3, 2012, he predeceased her in 2013. Betty worked at Pierce Laminated Products for nine years as the General Manager. She then worked for Brookside Medical for 10 years in Accounts payable and, then, as the secretary for Faith United Lutheran Church in Rockford for over 15 years. She was a member of United Lutheran Church. Betty was an avid cribbage and Cubs fan. She was devoted to her church, her family and her friends and was always her grandchildren’s biggest fan.

Survivors include her three children: Barbara Nelson of Rockford, Michael Whitney of Las Vegas, NV, and Katherine (Gary) Johnson of Machesney Park; grandchildren: Lisa (Craig) Kuehne of Machesney Park, Angela (Mike) Spray of Rockford, and Michelle Johnson (Mike Butzlaff) of Madison; great-grandchildren: Devynn, Alyssa, Alexis, Tara; one brother, Charles (Shirley) Nelson of West Palm Beach, FL; step-children: Donald (Marie) Behling, David (Char) Behling and Diane (Butch) Sowinski; seven step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Donald Whitney; husband, William Behling; sister, Marie Starr; and two brothers, Roger and Dean Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday March 10, 2014, in UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH 3630 N. Rockton Ave, Rockford IL, with Pastor Krista Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in Floral Lawn Cemetery, with visitation from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Visitation will also be from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church, 3630 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com


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