Bernadine Mae Betcher, 94, of Annawan, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at WoodRidge Supportive Living Center, in Geneseo. A mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Fr. S. Stephen Englebrecht officiated. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour before the mass (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bernadine Betcher Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bernadine Mae Betcher, 94, of Annawan, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at WoodRidge Supportive Living Center, in Geneseo. A mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Fr. S. Stephen Englebrecht officiated. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour before the mass (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bernadine Betcher Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bernadine was born June 2, 1924, in rural Annawan, the daughter of Julius and Elizabeth (DeRycke) DeDecker. She was the middle of five siblings, and graduated from Annawan High School with the Class of 1942. Bernadine was united in marriage to Arnold Betcher on June 9, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. They raised three children together in Annawan and were married 67 years. Bernadine kept busy in the home while her husband built a trucking business. Bernadine was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan, where she was a devout Catholic.

Bernadine was a masterful cook and from-scratch baker. For several years, she made beautiful wedding cakes. Her rolls, pies, Easter cookies and cakes were the highlight of holidays and family gatherings. Her red velvet cake was a family favorite. Bernadine was particular about her appearance, appreciated being nicely-attired, and always had her hair done once a week, no matter the weather. Bernadine also painted ceramics and decorated dolls, nativity sets and other figurines and enjoyed golf. Bernadine was calm, patient, determined and kind and was a perfect complement to her husband. She was a loving wife and loving mother and will be missed by her family.

Survivors include a son, Craig (Peggy) Betcher, of Geneseo; daughters, Julie (Jeff) Catton, of Atkinson; and LuAnn Ziles, of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Derek (Heather) Betcher, of Geneseo; Kelly (Kevin) Kruck, of LeClaire, Iowa; Jared Betcher, of LeClaire, Iowa; Adam Ziles, of Kansas City, Mo.; Abbie (Billy) Andrews, of Overland Park, Kan.; Angela (Kenny) Preski, of Chicago; Jason (Andrea) Hasbrook, of Annawan; and Kylee Hasbrook, of Clinton, Iowa; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Devrieze, of Annawan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; sisters, Elvera and Delores; brother, Francis; and son-in-law, John Ziles.