Betty A. Wilken peacefully went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 11, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. Born April 25, 1927, the middle child of Anton and Antoinette (Borgelt) Wilken of Carlyle.
After graduating from St. Mary’s Grade School (Carlyle) she worked as a housekeeper for several years in Carlyle before heading to St. Louis with her sister Jeanette. Betty retired from Dillard’s after 39 years working in various departments where she began her career in the stationery department at Stix Baer and Fuller.
Her love of travel began with several trips with her Dad and Jeanette to Yellowstone in California, the Badlands of North Dakota, and Canada. While living in St. Louis, she and Jeanette had many adventures traveling to Spain and Morocco. The highlight of family gatherings was sharing their vacation movies with family. Spirited and always in motion she could often be found playing Wiffle ball with her nieces and nephews.
When not traveling abroad, Betty would go with her brother Richard to Fairmont Park to watch his horses race, after all, she and Mary would sneak them carrots. Betty took numerous trips south with her family, Trudy and Lou Luebbers, Helen and Ed Monken, and Jeanette and Richard to visit their brother Tony and his wife Bettye’s family. Often chauffeured by one of the nieces…and do they have memorable stories!
While on the farm (the home place) she would stitch beautiful quilt blocks that she would give to her sister Trudy to quilt for family members or for a church quilt raffle/bingo.
She was preceded in eternal rest by her parents; her extended family, Hank and Rose Wilken, Richard, Tony and Bettye Wilken, Trudy and Lou Luebbers and Ed Monken. Surviving are her sisters Jeanette Wilken, Mary Reis and Helen Monken as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 9 am, Mass at 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 19 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carlyle. Masks and social distance requirements will be followed at the visitation. Rite of Committal immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorials, donations, and condolence cards will be accepted through Zieren Funeral Home, PO Box 276, Carlyle, IL 62231. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.ZierenFuneralHome.com. Donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery fund or the American Heart Association.