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Betty LeTendre

Issue Date: August 16, 2018

Betty (Goodman) LeTendre, of Oconto, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Born March 14, 1921, to George and Francis (Selb) Goodman, they lived in Drywood, eight miles north of Cadott where she attended grade school at Little Drywood and graduated from Cadott High School in 1938. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education at Stout Institute in 1942.

After teaching for a year in Seneca, she married Lyle LeTendre, a neighbor from Drywood at St. Paul's Chapel in Madison on May 30, 1942. He then was called to serve in World War II in 1943 and the first of his three children, Carole, was born that same year and their second daughter followed in 1946.

After his graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from University of Wisconsin in 1948, they relocated to Oconto where he worked at Schultz Drug Store.

A son, Lyle Jr. was born in 1951, shortly before the death of his father, Lyle, Sr. in 1951. She then taught Home Economics at Oconto High School. With the help of family, friends, and community, she raised her three children.

After a long career as a teacher, she retired in 1983 and enjoyed years of gardening, caring for friends, spending time with her grandchildren and playing a lot of bridge.

The relatives and friends visits and conversations were important to her and she was excited to talk about who visited or whom she talked on the phone with.

She wanted those to know who didn't grow up during the Great Depression that many things are important: Work hard, don't swear, greet your family, friends (and strangers) with a friendly smile, a hug, and kind words. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Use the folded up piece of aluminum foil in your kitchen drawer, use bread bags again and again, gift wrapping paper and bows can be re-used for up to 30 years. No matter what you are going through, there will always be someone who has it better and someone who has it worse than you. Gardening is extremely therapeutic and everybody likes flowers.

She is survived by a brother, Bob (Lil) Goodman, Altoona; two children, Carole (Bob) Brown, Rochester, Mn. and Babette (Larry) Grady, Little Chute; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lyle and a son, Lyle Jr.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Oconto on Friday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Drywood at noon. In lieu of monetary gifts, in remembrance of her, do something kind and thoughtful for another, visit the sick, bake your neighbor some cookies or send someone a hand-written letter. Gallagher Funeral Home of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements.


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