Betty A. Groleau, 85, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 22, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 15, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Herman and Beulah (Root) Jarmer.
At the age of 10 she moved from Chicago to Williamsburg with her family and ended up on farming property that touched the homestead of the person who would later be her husband.
Betty graduated from Williamsburg High school in 1949.
She became the first school secretary at West Elementary in Cheboygan, retiring 12 years later to marry Dorlen in 1977 when they blended their families together. They became the best of friends and enjoyed all types of activities including cards, their family and friends and the company of their trailer camping club, the Cherrybend Blue Jay's Camper Club.
Dorlen and Betty traveled to every state in the continental United States, making lasting memories and friends at every stop.
The children will always remember the baking that took place every Sunday, crafting some of the best breads, rolls and sweets for the entire neighborhood to enjoy.
Betty can best be described as sweet, kind, loving, strong-willed and a person who would always provide good morals, ethics and values for her children and grandchildren.
Betty is survived and missed dearly by her husband; her children, Scot (Jill) Ferris, Kelisue (Mick Southwell) Stachon, Kevin Ferris, Craig Ferris, Brent (Pat) Groleau, Ralph (Tina) Groleau and Jeannie (Tony) Trotter; grandchildren, Jim, Daniel, Sam, Sara, Amanda, Jason, Craig, Sean, Kurt, Keri, Rick, Amy, Ava, Kaelee, Andrew and Ryan; as well as extended family member, Donna Groleau.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her sons, Marty and Chris; sister, Dorothy Steiner; brothers, Clark, Ed and Bill Jarmer; son-in-law, Dale Stachon; and her "bestest friend in the whole world," Carol Dahlquist.
A memorial service to honor Betty's life will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Betty's final resting place will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may do so to Boys Town USA, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010; or Munson Hospice House, 450 Brook St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 29, 2018