Betty Jane Edgren
February 18, 1936 ~ January 6, 2022
Betty Jane (Divoky) Edgren, 85, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 6, 2022, at Fairview Nursing Home in Mauston, WI. Betty was born on Feb. 18, 1936, in Chicago to Milo and Mary Divoky and grew up in Berwyn, IL.
Betty was a 1954 graduate from Morton High School in Cicero, Ill., In June of 1957, she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a teacher’s diploma and a missionary degree. In the fall of 1957, she was united in marriage to Robert Roy Edgren.
Their three sons (a set of twins) and one daughter kept her very busy. When the children were young, Bob and Betty were part-owners of Austin Automotive in Chicago; their children have many fond memories of playing in the large store and meeting customers. Their home in Berwyn, Ill., was known on the block to have a lot of kids visiting, as she was known as Mom to many. The large van was always full of family and friends going to the zoo, swimming, park and more. She loved to bake and their home was the place that hosted extended family holiday dinners, birthdays and special events. Throughout her life she served many years on the school PTA, taught Sunday School for decades, helped neighbors, worked part-time as a secretary and more. Many annual fond memories were made at the Lake Eliza campground in Indiana.
After moving to New Lisbon, WI, in 1978, she worked at Farnum in Necedah until retirement. In her family’s later years, she helped take care of her parents Milo and Mary in California and her aunt Blanche Kosnik in Illinois. Her grandchildren have fond memories of ice skating on her pond on Hwy. 58 near Germantown Junction, making peach dumplings, rum balls, Houska (Czech/Bohemian Christmas bread), playing cards, putting puzzles together, sewing, making quilts, canning and so much more.
She loved to travel and made numerous trips to San Jose, CA, to visit her sister Mary Ann and family. She went with her California family and friends on an Alaskan Cruise, made many cross-country trips with her father Milo from California to Wisconsin and back, stopping at many sites, Germany to visit Julie and Sven Kabish, Israel three times with her church, visited (the full size) Noah’s Ark Encounter in Kentucky with her dear friend Arlene Lipke and more.
For many years she volunteered in the SHARE food program in Juneau County, delivered meals on wheels and more. In her later years, she didn’t allow her health to slow her down. Through the Juneau County ADRC, she drove clients of all ages to their appointments. So many told us they requested her to drive because she was so kind and caring to them.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Milo (2002) and Mary Divoky (1994); husband, Robert (1982); eldest son David L. Edgren (2012); sister-n-law and brother-n-law Eleanor (2013) and John Sedory (2013).
Betty will be dearly missed by her sons Paul (Tammy) Edgren and Peter (Janet) Edgren; daughter Rebecca (James) Miller; sister Mary Ann (Ray) Holly of California, grandchildren Amanda (Frank) Vandenburg, Amber (Tim) Snow, Emily (Josh) Wood, Alicia (Bryce) Karo, Nicole (Ryan) Rose, Anthony (Chloe) Edgren, Calvin (Chloe) Miller, Matthew Miller; great-grandchildren Zachary and Taylor Floyd, Ethen Cortopassi, Jordy Rose, Brielle Karo, Jaye Rose, Briggs Snow along with two more on the way; nieces Mary (Pete) Gannon of Colorado, Michelle (Glenn) Leavitt of California, Melinda (John) Giordano of California; nephews Dan Sedory and Jack (Terri) Sedory of Tennessee and Tim (Ronda) Sedory of California, and dozens of great nieces and nephews.
The Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the United Methodist Church in Mauston. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Luncheon to follow service.
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