Betty Jane (nee: Schmidt) Kenth, 76, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.
Betty was born in DePere, WI, on January 24, 1933, to the late Fred and Marie Christine (nee: Jorgenson) Schmidt. She has lived in Racine since 1950. On December 31, 1971, she was united in marriage with Arthur Harold Kenth.
During her career, Betty was employed with Surgitek and Ruud Lighting. She was quite an accomplished cook – especially her Italian dishes. Sharing these creations with her entire family gave her the most joy. She loved hosting parties for family, neighbors and friends and created many happy memories for all who knew her. As they continuously brought the smile to her face, she seized every opportunity of being in the midst of all her loved ones. Betty was constantly placing the needs of others before her own – a trademark she will always be remembered for.
Surviving are her loving husband, Art; daughter, Brenda Marie Kenth; daughter-in-law, Nancy Klick; grandson, Brian Alexander Forbes; great-grandson, Alex Forbes; sisters, Rose (Chuck Blankley) Dahlin, Dorothy (Charles) Taylor and Arlene Smithkey; brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” (Caryl) Kenth; sister-in-law, Edith Huevler; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Thomas Forbes, on December 15, 1999; brother, Fred Schmidt Jr.; brothers-in-law, Harold Dahlin and Rudy Smithkey; nephew, Randy Smithkey; and Art’s parents, Harold and Marie Kenth, and Ed Gunderson.
Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Charlene B. Mills officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. In accordance with Betty’s wishes, cremation will follow the services. In memory of Betty, memorials may be made to the family.
A special note of thanks to Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center, Cardiovascular Center and ICU for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended in our time of need.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000