Betty L. Cauwels, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital,
Geneseo. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes
and Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. on Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Henry
County Humane Society – Geneseo and the Geneseo – Atkinson Food Pantry.
Betty was born on July 8, 1935, the daughter of Mell and Ella (Fiers) Minnaert, in Geneseo. She graduated from
Geneseo High School in 1953. Betty married Donald Cauwels on August 21, 1954, in Geneseo. He preceded her in
death in 2008. During her early years, she worked at Royal Neighbors of America, later worked at Hanford
Insurance in Geneseo for forty years, after retirement, Quilts -n- Bloom, Geneseo. Betty was a member of St.
Malachy Catholic Church and the Women of the Moose. Betty enjoyed helping her daughters with hand sewing,
enjoyed time on the river, as well as Friday night outings with Judy, bingo, and bowling.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Gloria (Kim) Hankins, Geneseo, Teresa Cochran, Geneseo,
Angela (Bob) Lavine, Geneseo; grandchildren, Kyle (Katie) Hankins, Seth Hankins, Justin, Brandon, and Katie
(John Lee) Cochran, Abby and Adam Lavine; great-grandchild, Paige (Matt) Turppa.
Betty was preceded by her parents Mell and Ella, her husband Donald, and her brother Clyde Minnaert. If you wish
to share a message of sympathy with the family, visit www.vandemorefuneralhome.com .