Forrest- Elizabeth Dena Marie “Betty” Ringler, 92, of Forrest, passed away on the eve of her 93rd birthday at 11:35 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Fairview Haven Nursing Home in Fairbury, where she was a resident.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Forrest United Methodist Church. Rev. Wesley Osborne will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest. Burial will follow services at Strawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Betty was born October 4, 1919 in Charlotte, IL a daughter of William and Auguste (Reinhard) Sterrenberg. She married Richard Ringler on July 28, 1945 in Charlotte, IL. He preceded her in death on September 30, 1995.
She is survived by four sons: Robert Ringler of Helena, MT, George (Nancy Courvoisier) Ringler of Champaign, Don Ringler of Strawn, and Carl (Barbara Page) Ringler of Seattle, WA; one daughter Mary (Chris) Bohne of Bloomington; one daughter-in-law: Linda Winschell of Amarillo, TX seven grandchildren: Sarah (Erik) Alexanian, Jessica Ringler, Jennifer (Kyle) Earing, Matthew (Myla) Ringler, Fletcher Bohne, Flannery Bohne, and Ben Parks; two sisters: Lois Swanson of Washburn, and Eleanor Greuling of Carmel, IN; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son: Tom Ringler; one grandson: Peter Bohne; and three brothers.
Betty was a graduate of Chatsworth High School and graduated in 1938 from Illinois State University. She taught in Charlotte, Strawn, and Fairbury schools.
She was a member of the Strawn United Methodist Church where she played the organ for over three decades, the Retired Teachers of Livingston County, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be greatly missed.