Betty Cook, 1924-2019

Betty J. Cook, 94, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in LaPorte to the late Charles and Mattie (Krueger) Smith.

Betty retired after 24 years of service from LaPorte Hospital, where she worked as a maintenance secretary. She graduated from LaPorte High School in 1944, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of LaPorte and Hubner-Swanson VFW Auxiliary Post 1130.

On Nov. 23, 1946, in LaPorte, Betty married Richard D. Cook, who preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1997.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Madeline Willoughby; and brothers, Charles R. Smith and Eugene L. Smith.

Betty leaves behind two daughters, Julie Ann Jongkind of LaPorte and Judith Lynn Pahs of Sun Prairie, WI; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, in Patton Cemetery, LaPorte. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923-1389.

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9 Responses to “Betty Cook, 1924-2019”

  1. Julie Euler

    Jul 18. 2019

    Dear Julie and Judy,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom but what a wonderful long life she had! So many fond memories of all of us growing up. My sincere sympathy to you both and your families.
    Julie Euler

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  2. Jane Wawok

    Jul 18. 2019

    So sorry to read this. What a wonderful, spirited woman. You have to be proud of the beautiful daughters you raised! So much like you! You will be missed by many! Prayers Julie and Judy!

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  3. Rich Ehrick

    Jul 19. 2019

    Julie and family; So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Prayers are with you and the family.cousin Rich

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  4. Vicki (Kimmel) Roberts

    Jul 20. 2019

    Judy & Julie, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a lovely woman & you were blessed as I was to have her so long on this earth. Prayers for you and your family.

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  5. Sally Russell

    Jul 21. 2019

    So sorry to hear. I worked with Betty at Laporte Hospital. Our offices were next to each others. We went to lunch together and laughed a lot. I always enjoyed being with Betty. RIP my friend! Prayers to the family.

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  6. Virginia Lancaster

    Jul 22. 2019

    Julie and family. Am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She had a good long life and a family who loved her till the end. May she rest in peace. You are all in my prayers. Gina

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  7. Bill Causey

    Jul 22. 2019

    Sorry for your loss. Peace be with you and your family.

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  8. Lisa Falk

    Jul 26. 2019

    Judy and family, I will miss your Mom, I always enjoyed when she would come up to Sun Prairie and we would spend time together. I am so sorry for your loss, peace be with you and your family.

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  9. David and Shela Stoewer

    Jul 28. 2019

    Julie so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She was a very special lady. Prayers and Love.

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