Elizabeth "Betsy" Sparks, 72, of Marinette, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born August 9, 1940, in Marinette to George and Winifred (nee Hadlock) Pestrui.
Betsy spent her early life in Marinette and was a graduate of Marinette High School, Class of 1958. She was a 1962 graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton. Betsy married Lee A. Sparks in 1964, and resided in Peoria, Ill. for many years. Betsy will be remembered as a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She loved gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Betsy is survived by three children: Geoffrey (Donna) Sparks of Marinette, Stephanie (Scott) Miller of Morton, Ill. and Stephen (Sophia) Sparks of Marinette; seven grandchildren: Mark, Matthew and Sam Miller, Nickolaus and Danielle Sparks, and Victoria and Gabriel Sparks; one sister, Mary Pestrui of Marinette; and two nephews: Chris Stuart and his family, wife, Laura and children: Keisha and Tyler; and Tim Murphy. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee and a sister, Nancy Stuart.
Friends may call at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marinette after 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, in the church with the Rev. William A. Bippus officiating.
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is assisting the family.