Betty Rettig

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 3/15/2009 14:00:00

3/16/2009 10:30:00

Elizabeth “Betty” (Stillions) Jones Rettig, age 83, of Willard, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Houston, TX. She was born January 8, 1926 in Hannibal, MO to the late Robert E. and Nina Lee (Sorrell) Stillions. She was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard.
She is survived by daughter Kathy Hoffman and husband Rick of Houston, TX; 3 sons, Ken Jones and wife Sherry of Des Moines, IA, Richard Jones and wife Ann of Denver, CO and Christopher Jones and wife Debbie of Cleveland, OH; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; sister, Lucille Walters of Shelby, OH and brother, Bob Stillions and wife Zona of Mt. Vernon, OH.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, James V. Jones and second husband, Richard C. Rettig.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, OH. The funeral mass will be Monday at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, with Father John Dister, S.J., Father Dave Ross and Deacon Paul Jones officiating. Burial will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or to the Kelleys Island Audubon Club, P.O. Box 42, Kelleys Island, OH 43438. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Carolyn Kelly - Mar 17, 2009

Dear Kathy, Kenny, Richard, Chris,
It was good to see you all on Sunday. Your mom was very generous and encouraging to me. When I started at Freiberger library Betty trained me. It was the first full time job I had following my late husband’s death and I still had daughters in school.
Week-ends we spent with Betty at Kelley’s Island were so relaxing and special to me.
Hope you will continue to recall your wonderful mother!
With my deepest sympathy to you all.
Carolyn Kelly

Helena VonVille - Mar 16, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that in this time of loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Janet Peri - Mar 15, 2009

Kathy and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty was such an amazing woman. She fought that beast with all she had and still maintained a sparkle in her eye. Peace to her and her family here on earth.

Deb Hessler-Miller - Mar 14, 2009

Saying goodbye is not easy, and this is one woman who will be so missed by so many. To know Betty was to love her – and everyone she met she touched in a positive way. We should not grieve her passing – her peace – but it’s just our nature to do that. Instead – we should keep in our hearts what Betty stood for – and that was joy. Pure, unadulterated joy. What an inspiration this woman has been to so many. She welcomed all with open arms and a wonderful sense of humor and we are all blessed that she touched our lives. She taught us well – and it’s up to us to remember her lessons!

Nancy K. Lenox - Mar 14, 2009

To the family of Betty. I’m truly sorry to learn of Bettys passing. I will certainly miss her going by on the Blue golf cart on Kelleys. Betty was a fun loving person and will greatly be missed by all. Your in my prayers and thoughts.

Arlene Sievers-Hill - Mar 14, 2009

I worked with Betty for seven years at Freiberger Library at CWRU. I have missed her ever since she retired, missed her for her genuine happiness, and infectious spirit of fun, and the good feeling she spread to anyone who was around her.
One particular memory – Carolyn Kelly, the third of the three woman acquisitions department we formed, would sit with Betty after Easter when she would bring in pickled eggs. We all three loved them. No one else did. And we would sit there, and just enjoy that old fashioned Easter tradition.
My sympathy goes out to her many family members and friends. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. But I will also be thinking about the good times with Betty.

Randy & Bernie Williams - Mar 13, 2009

Our deepest sympathy to you & your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Cherry King - Mar 13, 2009

My deepest sympathy to the family. Betty was a fun and loving person. We had great times in the Red
Hats at Holiday Lakes. She will be greatly missed by her friends here.
Cherry King

Cathy Kirkwood - Mar 13, 2009

Kathy and Rick, so sorry to hear about your mom. Having lost mine recently, I know there are no words that will comfort you. Just know that I am thinking about you and will keep you in my prayers.

Annalee - Mar 13, 2009

All my prayers and love to the family of Betty “Boop” who was loved by all the Island Singers and lots of other Kelleys Island folks, including me. She invited me to lots of Women Retreats that Father Ross gave. Knowing her has enriched my life and I am grateful for her friendship and sharing the joy of singing. Love and Light, Annalee

Ryan, Amy, and Ryleah Masterson - Mar 13, 2009

Aunt Betty’s family. We are so sorry for your loss, Aunt Betty was always a joy to have around and we will miss her very much! We were so happy to get to see her at Allison’s wedding in October! Love, Ryan, Amy, and Ryleah Striker Masterson

Wes Browning - Mar 12, 2009

Kathy, my deepest sympathies to you, Rick, and your entire family. In the short time that I knew Betty I was so impressed with her zest for life and her wonderful personality. I know her loss was very difficult. She was so fortunate to have you & Rick providing her with the best possible care and family support here in Houston. I know this meant so much to her. All of you are in my thoughts. – Wes

Wendy Daniel - Mar 12, 2009

My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Betty. She is in a better place now and has no more suffering. Memories of Betty will forever bring a smile to my face. She definately enjoyed life and loved to laugh – she touched many people.

Carolyn and Gary Spayd - Mar 12, 2009

To Betty’s Family – We were very saddened to learn of Betty’s passing. She fought a long hard battle with cancer. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all. We always enjoyed her company and she was especially close to Sandy and her family. She has been almost a second Mom to Sandy and Heather and Brooklyn loved her, too – John, of course, too. Kelleys Island won’t be the same without her! Love to you all and our deepest sympathy to you. We are sorry that we cannot be there for the funeral or visitation as we are in Florida visiting our son but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Love, Carolyn and Gary Spayd

Ed & Carol Frindt - Mar 12, 2009

To Betty’s Family, We loved Betty, she was a wonder person filled with love who brought lots of happiness to all. The Island Singers will not be the same without her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you with our sincerest sympathy.

Scott King - Mar 12, 2009

Richard. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. As you know, I lost my Dad recently, so I think I have some small understanding about the loss you must be feeling. Mary Ellen’s mom recently shared some great stories about your Mom and she sounded like a person who had a great sense of humor and enriched the lives of those around her. Although I did not know her, I know the great son that she produced, and that tells me volumes about the fantastic person she must have been. Although the loss is painful, take comfort in the person that she was, and the love that she shared.
Mary Ellen, Pat and Scott

JoAnn Jackson - Mar 11, 2009

Kathy, deepest sympathy to you and your family. You and your family are in my thoughts now, and in the days to come.

Aretha Johnson - Mar 11, 2009

Kathy, you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers are with you and your family.

Diane Marmash - Mar 11, 2009

To Betty’s family:
You all know what a special person she was and I was just one of the recipients of the happiness she shared with all. She was such a vibrant and loving person you couldn’t help but bask in the sunshine with her around. I will miss her and remember her always as one very SPECIAL LADY! Thank you for sharing your Mom with me and you have my prayers that all your loving memories will help you in the days to come. Love, Diane

Ken and Sherry - Mar 11, 2009

Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love always, Ron and Christal

Martha Grady - Mar 11, 2009

My prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Berry - Mar 11, 2009

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
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Ana Cleveland - Mar 11, 2009

With our deepest sympathy to Betty’s family and friends. We were very fortunate to have known Betty for many years, and she will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Don and Ana Cleveland

Mike & Heidi - Mar 11, 2009

Ken & Sherry, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Love always, Mike & Heidi

Deborah Halsted - Mar 11, 2009

Kathy & Rick-
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Please accept by sincere condolences.

Kathy & Mike Harvey - Mar 11, 2009

Kathy,Rick,Michelle & Christina- We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you.

Mike & Cheri Long - Mar 11, 2009

Rich, Ann & family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother/great grandmother. You have great memories, miles of smiles and a lifetime of laughs. Our prayers and support are with you as you move forward.

Shelia Murray - Mar 11, 2009

Just a note to let you know that you and your lovely family are in my thoughts and prayers. You were such a wonderful daughter and were certainly there for your mother. Knowing that you provided what you could/when you could is all that anyone could ask. Saying goodbye to the physical is not easy. LOVE never dies and as long as you remember, your mom is only a thought away. Take care of yourself and know that we are with you in thought.

Tim & Debbie - Mar 11, 2009

Rich, Ann and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I remember your Mom, Grandma from years ago to be such a positive happy and loving woman. I know you will be celebrating her life in Willard with all of your family.
Love, Tim and Deb

Shamsha Damani - Mar 10, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim Anselmo - Mar 10, 2009

There are no words to ever describe my feelings, emotions, and love I have for all of you……You all know how close Betty and I were and she will always be someone who has made such a BIG INPRINT on my heart as well as my life. I am sorry I can’t be there with all of you but do know, you are all in my heart, mind and spirit at this time and always….My love and deepest condolences with all of you. Her name alone, will always put a smile on our faces as well as people that never really got to know her. Love, Jimmy