Betty Gerczak, 99, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at her home.
Betty was born on February 5, 1922 in Kimberly to the late Antone and Anna (Spanjers) Van Woezik. She was a 1941 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. On May 25, 1946, she married Larry Gerczak at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Together they owned and operated Gerczak’s Liquor on Velp Avenue for nearly 50 years.
Betty was an active member of St. Agnes Parish where she organized and prepared funeral dinners and served on many committees. She was also a regular volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul. Her greatest achievement, by far, was giving her love, support and humor as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Betty loved to attend her family’s sporting events and performances. She always invited everyone into her home and always made them feel welcome. Betty had many friends and enjoyed laughing with her schafskopf, dominoes and cribbage partners. She was an avid Packers, Badgers and Brewers fan. Betty and Larry were lifelong Packers season ticket holders and attended the infamous Ice Bowl.
Betty is survived by her children and spouses: James (Carol) Gerczak, (Charley Quirt), John (Dawn) Gerczak, Jeff (Julie) Gerczak, Jerilyn (John) Kelly, Joan (Gary) Theyel, Joe (Joanne) Gerczak, Jill (Tim) Gerczak Clark, and Jay (Ann Marie) Gerczak; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Jerry (Dorothy) Gerczak and Jeanine Gerczak. She is further survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Larry; daughter Judi; two great-grandchildren Caden and Clara; sister and brother-in-law Marie (Mick) Reince; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Norm (Vivian) Gerczak, Al (Delores) Gerczak, Don (Jane & Marilyn) Gerczak and Bob Gerczak.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the in-home caregivers, especially niece Barb Gerczak; daughter-in-law Joanne; granddaughters Joelle, Stephanie, and Natalie for all their loving care and compassion.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, a private family service will be held to celebrate Betty’s life on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM. To allow relatives and friends an opportunity to join family, the service will be live streamed on the Lyndahl Funeral Home facebook page, beginning at 12:45 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Betty will be laid to rest at Allouez Catholic Cemetery in Green Bay.
A memorial fund is being established in Betty’s name. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.lyndahl.com
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