Betti J. (Kern) Wilcox, 88, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully Friday, July 19, 2013.
Betti loved children and she was motivated by her mother's cousin, Amy Honeyager, to become a teacher. Betti taught Kindergarten in the Elmbrook School District for 29 years. Like Amy, Betti is remembered as a patient and loving teacher. Betti also helped her husband, Ken, establish a new photography studio in Waukesha by hand painting portraits in oil. Betti loved music and she and Ken had fun singing their favorite songs together, harmonizing often in their kitchen. Betti played piano for her Kindergarten students, for her children and for her grandchildren. When she was a young adult, she sang at weddings. Betti and Ken loved to travel together and they 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, Betti and Ken became hard-working volunteers in the newly-formed Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Waukesha. Betti loved humor and she appreciated and was sustained by Ken's sense of humor even through the long progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Survived by her loving husband, Ken; dear mother of Bruce Wilcox and Monica (Brian) Pearson; loving grandmother of George Pearson and Emily Pearson. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Preceded in death by her son, Bruce.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at St. William Catholic Church (440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m.
Private entombment, 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. Special thanks to the staff of Allouez Parkside Village and to Unity Hospice for their kind and loving care.
Zwaska Funeral Home, 4900 W. Bradley Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53223, (414) 354-5330, www.zwaskafuneral.com.