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Betti J. Wilcox
Betti J. (Kern) Wilcox, 88, of Green Bay passed away peacefully on Friday, July 19.
She loved children and was motivated by her mother's cousin, Amy Honeyager to become a teacher. She taught kindergarten in the Elmbrook School District for 29 years. Like Amy, she is remembered as a patient and loving teacher. She also helped her husband, Ken establish a new photography studio in Waukesha by hand painting portraits in oil. She loved music and the couple had fun singing their favorite songs together, harmonizing often in their kitchen.
She played piano for her kindergarten students, her children and grandchildren. When she was a young adult she sang at weddings. She and her husband loved to travel together and were members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club. Her journal entries written during these trips are now enjoyed by her family. When their son, Bruce was diagnosed with schizophrenia, they became hard-working volunteers in the newly formed Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Waukesha. She loved humor, appreciated and was sustained by her husbands sense of humor even through the long progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Surviving are her husband, Ken; a daughter, Monica (Brian) Pearson; two grandchildren and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bruce.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 26 at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Private entombment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Waukesha. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) of Wisconsin. Zwaska Funeral Home, Milwaukee is in charge of arrangements.