Betty Jane Koeller, age 81, joined her beloved Lord and Savior on January 23rd, 2022, surrounded by her family. Betty was born April 15, 1940, the daughter of Edward and Harriet (Yeager) Echtner in Shawano, Wisconsin. Betty graduated from Shawano High School in 1958, where she played saxophone and sang in the school choir. On June 25, 1960, she married her loving husband Larry. Betty was a hairdresser and owner of The Beauty Shop in Menasha and was an active member in the Altrusa Club. She loved to travel and enjoyed the sights of Australia, Ireland, Greece, the UK, Hungary, Fiji, and New Zealand. Betty’s favorite trips were her two bike tours through Ireland. She also spent many years playing the saxophone with the Memory Lane Band. Betty was a masterful cook and baker and was often called upon to cater weddings and other events. She was an animal lover and advocate, owning many pets throughout her lifetime. Betty and Larry are members of Hope Lutheran Brethren Church. One of her favorite things to do was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her husband Larry and their children, Todd (Monica) Koeller, and Lori (Allen) Larson, grandchildren David (Kara) Koeller, Joshua (Jasmine) Koeller, Jordan (Lauren) Koeller, Joey and Jeff Larson, and four great grandchildren, Levi, Ezra, Fletcher and Jude Koeller.
She is also survived by her sister-in-law Beverly Echtner.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Gerald Echtner.
Visitation will be held at Wichmann Laemmrich Funeral Home in Menasha, on Sunday, January 30th from 2:00pm-4:00pm, with a service following at 4:00pm. For more information and to express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.
Masks are encouraged.
Betty’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Moments Hospice, especially nurses Christina and Hannah, as well as Senior Helper, Diane. Thank you all for your outstanding loving care and support given to Betty during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to benefit Hope Lutheran Brethren Church and the East Shore ASPCA.