Betty E. Durkey

Betty E. Durkey, 84, of the Town of Grant, Shawano County, passed away Monday morning, April 15, 2019, at Shawano Health Services.

Betty Elaine Dey was born in Clintonville on April 11, 1935, as the daughter of the late Reinold and Ada (Kratzke) Dey. She graduated from Clintonville High School and was united in marriage to Herman Durkey at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville on June 12, 1954. The couple moved to Cecil and later to Marion, where they were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. They then moved to the Town of Grant where they have resided since. Betty worked part-time as a potato grader at Zdroik Farms near Stevens Point, as well as Helbach Farms with Herman and their daughter, Janice. She looked forward to spending time outdoors with her family hunting, fishing, camping, and making maple syrup. Betty also helped Herman make and hand paint lawn ornaments. She served as past group leader and project leader for the McKinley 4-H. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, and gardening. Betty will be remembered by those closest to her as a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Survivors include her husband, Herman; children, Janice (Jack) Soik, Joyce (Bruce) Natzke, Allen (Miriam) Durkey, Barbara (Randy) Buss, Carl (Karen) Durkey and Phyllis (Jason Meyer) Brandenburg; grandchildren, Ann (James) Lyshik, Christine (Jason) Milanowski, John (Crystal) Natzke, Tim (Katie) Natzke, Brenda (Andy Gray) Natzke, Holly (Dennis) Lehman, Heather Durkey, Carolyn Buss, Christopher Buss, Kailey (Lucas Tice) Brandenburg and Kaitlyn Durkey; great-grandchildren, Brock, Anissa, Hunter, Dominic, Zachary, Addison, Ethan, Roselyn, Kayson, Ella and Jolene; brothers, LeRoy Dey and Ron (Jackie) Dey; sister-in-law, Florence Helms; and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert (Gladys) Dey, Carson (Lucy) Dey and Billy (Carolina) Dey; and in-laws, Sharon Dey, Ernst (Eldora) Krueger and Lloyd Helms.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Christus Lutheran Church in Clintonville with the Rev. Brian Crocker officiating. Interment took place at Roseland Cemetery in the Town of Dupont, Waupaca County. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematory of Clintonville is assisting her family.