Elizabeth “Betsy” Hoeft passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Woodside Lutheran Home. She was born on July 21, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI to the late Jacob and Dorothea (Wendt) Fliss. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.
As a child and young woman, she enjoyed playing the piano, ice skating on the many lagoons in the Milwaukee parks, roller skating, biking, tobogganing, learning to dance at the Social Center, horseback riding, and family picnics. Betsy graduated from Rufus King High School with the class of 1947. Upon graduation, Betsy was employed as a teller at Northern Bank.
She met the love of her life, Bill Hoeft, while on vacation at Hoeft’s Resort in the northern Kettle Moraine. Bill and Betsy were married on July 13, 1951 at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Kewaskum, WI and were blessed with 67 years of marriage and one daughter, Barbara. They made their home in Milwaukee, also spending countless hours at their cottage at the family resort. Betsy enjoyed sewing clothing for Barbara, knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, mittens, and slippers for family and friends and for the “mitten tree” at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. She served on the Church Council, Altar Guild, and as a Sunday School teacher at their church. She loved making quilts with her sisters-in-law. Betsy was a dedicated girl Scout leader for over 10 years. She was an avid reader, a talented gardener, and lover of classic movies and Westerns, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
After Bill retired, they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. Betsy’s favorite place to visit was Arizona.
Becoming a grandma to Eric thrilled Betsy immensely. In order to be closer to Barbara, Mike, and Eric, Betsy and Bill moved to Green Bay. They found the perfect neighborhood where they made many new friends. Betsy was a passionate and astute card player, continuing her love of cards and games all of her life. They joined the close-knit faith community at Calvary Lutheran Church. Betsy had the unique ability to make friends easily and formed many long-lasting relationships. She had a very special gift of investing in every person she met.
Betsy will be sadly missed by her daughter Barbara (Mike) Anderson; grandson Eric; many nephews, nieces, friends, and special loved ones: Kristine (David) Bowman; Jack (Mary) Kaestner; and Margaret (George) Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents Jake and Dorothy Fliss; her in-laws Ernst and Gesiene Hoeft; brothers-in-law: Augie (Mae); Bob (Dolores); Walter (Rosie); Hugo (Violet); Paul (Gladys); Art; sister-in-law Marie (Robbie) Struebing; and countless family, friends and neighbors.
Betsy’s family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Woodside Lutheran Home for the dedicated, compassionate, and loving care they gave to Betsy and are so very grateful to Unity Hospice for the care and respect they showed to Betsy in her final weeks. The guidance and support they gave to Barbara, Mike, and Eric was greatly appreciated. They would like to thank the many people who visited Betsy, filling her days with conversation, laughter, card/game playing, and love.
Visitation will be at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1301 S. Ridge Rd., Green Bay, on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the funeral at 12:00 noon, officiated by Pastor Steve Apfel. Entombment will take place on Monday, May 1 at Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Additional expressions of sympathy may be shared on her tribute page at www.lyndahl.com
Memorials in Betsy’s name can be donated to Calvary Lutheran Church.
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