Bette Lu Foss

Bette Lu Foss, age 88 of New Richmond, formerly of Amery, died surrounded by family on Thursday January 7th, 2016 at the Deerfield in New Richmond. Bette was born on July 27, 1927 in El Paso, Wisconsin; the daughter of William and Anna (Steinhauser) Young. She was raised in rural Ellsworth attending Hines School prior to graduating from Ellsworth High School. She furthered her education at the Wisconsin State College in River Falls where she received her teaching degree. On November 26, 1949 she was united in marriage at the Clayfield Parish in rural Ellsworth to George Foss of River Falls.  Bette taught for a time in Martell before dedicating her life as a wife and homemaker. She loved spending time with family, visiting the cabin on Nancy Lake near Minong. Her greatest love was her grandchildren. She was especially excited to welcome great grandson Henrik into the mix. She worked part time for Lynn Rose clothing in Hudson. Bette enjoyed reading Amish novels and traveling with George. She was also civic minded and enjoyed time spent volunteering for the Catholic Women’s group and Amery Hospital. Furthermore, she took pleasure in being a member of the Red Hat Society and Homemakers Club.

Bette will be fondly remembered by her husband of 66 years, George; children, Georgia Jones of New Richmond, John A. (Julie) Foss of Clear Lake, Susan (Jim) Christopherson of Florida; four grandchildren: Gabriel Jones, John R. (Anne) Foss, Sydney Jones, Jennifer Foss; great grandson, Henrik; siblings: Rose Pittman of Lacrosse, Bonita (Tom) Vodenlich of River Falls, Joanne (Jim) Hyde of Arkansas, Bill Young of Ellsworth, Peggy (Lloyd) Kearns of Webster, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Robert Pittman; and sister-in-law, Shirley Young.

Mass of Christian Burial for Bette will be 11AM Thursday, January 14th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; 1050 Keller Avenue North in Amery. Officiating will be Fr. Gene Murphy and John Drummy. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at church Thursday morning.   Private burial will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans memorial Cemetery in Spooner. Her grandchildren will have the honor of being urn bearers. Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes.


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