Depew, Betty J. passed away very peacefully at the age of 80 at Mission Hospital on August 23, 2008. She was an only child born to Rudolph and Gertrude Oerter in New York.
She met her husband-to-be on a blind date in May, 1950 at the Hotel Astor in Times Square in New York, became engaged in December, 1950 and married June 5, 1951 in Fort Montgomery, New York following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was a homemaker, mother to 6 children and wife to a military officer who served in Korea, Vietnam and Germany. Retiring from the military, he became Business Manager of the North Orange Regional Occupational Program in Anaheim.
Betty Jane has lived in California for almost 28 years. She was a member of 2 women’s organizations: the Officers’ Wives League The ‘OWLs’ and the Laguna Niguel Women’s Club. She made many friends in these 2 organizations and she had fun doing crafts with them, doing philanthropic work and going on outings with her many friends. She also enjoyed outings with her husband, children and other family members.
Betty Jane is preceded in death by her daughters, Debbie and Linda, and is survived by her husband, Bill; 4 children, Bill Debbie, Laurie, Jane Jim Salafia, and Warren Kari; a brother and sister-in-law; a nephew and niece; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 6, 2008 at O’Connor Mortuary at 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, with a reception to be held at the family’s home following the service.
Betty Jane will be sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her. Rest in peace, Bett/Mom. We will truly miss you.
O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300