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Father of Carol ’72, Cathy ’73, & Mary Ann Bettinger ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 18, 2012


BETTINGER James P. James P. Bettinger, 85, joined the Lord on May 13, 2012. Jim was born on December 6, 1926, in Assumption, Ohio. Jim was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life through his selflessness and generosity. His family and friends were blessed with his quick wit, sense of humor, unconditional love, and endless acts of kindness. Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church and sang in the church choir before moving to Michigan in 1987. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Dearborn in 1992. His hobbies included camping, woodworking, gardening, wildlife, and attending Wauseon’s Threshers Convention. A member of the Notre Dame Traveling Squad, Jim and the squad attended every home football game. Fittingly, a candle will be lit at the Notre Dame grotto this Saturday by his niece, Deb Smith Reale. Jim was preceded in death in 1980 by his loving wife of 31 years, Nancy; his parents, Victor and Meredith; brother, Paul. and sister, Betty Jean. He is survived by his daughters, Carol (Jim) Peden, Cathy Keys, Mary Ann (Larry) Mortemore, and Victoria (Bobby) Gist. He is also survived by wife, Joan Bettinger; stepchildren, Dan Brown, Kim (John) Bodner, Cheryl (Brad) Basarich, and Stacey Brown; 21 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation is Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ford Chapel, 23620 N. Huron River Dr., Rockwood, MI 48173. Military Honor Guard and Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio 3100 West Central Ave. Suite 250, Toledo, OH 43606.
Published in Toledo Blade on May 17, 2012

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