Funeral services will be held on Monday January 14, 2013 at 12 Noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Rodney Warnecke officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Building Fund, St. John’s Missionary Society or Wisconsin Easter Seal Society. The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
The former Betty A. Liechty was born Dec. 9, 1930 in Blanchardville, daughter of John and Gertrude (Brunner) Liechty. She graduated from Hustisford High School. On July 13, 1974 she married “Fritz” Walter Arends of Colby. She was a member of St. John’s, its Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society, and also attended Bible classes. She was publicity chairperson for the Wisconsin Easter Seal Society for Jefferson County for over thirty years. Betty was a charter member of both The Walk and Rollers Club and Wisconsin Wawbeek Associated Activity Club. As a member of WWAAC, she served as an editor. She was also a former member of AARP Chapter 2007 and the Senior Center. Betty worked as a bookkeeper, child care provider and housekeeper.
Betty was the first resident at Johnson Arms Apartments when it opened in February of 1972. She enjoyed her years there and editing the monthly newsletter for a number of years. Betty enjoyed playing cards, reading and traveling, especially her visits to Florida. Her greatest joy was having her family and friends visit.
Betty is survived by her husband Fritz, one brother, John Liechty of Watertown; three sisters, Dorothy Berger of Waukesha, Helen (Lester) Rose of Watertown, and Ruth (Jerome) Justmann of Markesan. She is further survived by 11 nieces and nephews, 23 grand nieces and nephews, also an aunt, Hedy Deininger of Monroe, other relatives and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Joan Liechty and a brother-in-law, Karl Berger.
Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at Marquardt Hospice and Marquardt Manor for the compassionate care she received.