Wednesday, November 20, 2019



September 23, 1936—January 24, 2016

   SPARTA - Joan V. Bettis was born September 23, 1936 to Carl and Sophia (Jungnitsch) Oelfke, in Grand Blanc, MI. She grew up in Saginaw, MI and graduated from Boyne City High School.

   She married Bruce I. Bettis in Boyne City, MI, on January 6, 1955. They lived in Vanderbilt and moved to Bangor in 1963, then to Sparta in 1970. Joan worked as a CNA at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sparta, WI, until her retirement in 1996. She loved hunting, gardening and feeding the wildlife in the backyard.

   She passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the age of 79 years, four months and one day.

   Joan was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a daughter, and one brother.

   She is survived by her son, Vernon of Sparta, Bruce, Jr. of Hillsboro, Jim (Cheryl) of Sparta, and Peggy Arneson of Dallas Center, IA; six grandchildren, Stacey (Josh) Birtzer of Eau Claire, WI, Cody (Stephanie) Bettis of Bangor, WI, Coltyn Bettis of Sparta, Brandi (Cole) Bever of Dallas Center, IA, Jessica (Shannon) Schwartz of Chula Vista, CA, Angela (Alex) Reese of Chula Vista, CA; two great-grandsons, Mason Cochran and Blake Schwartz; two great-granddaughters, Madalyn Bever and Arabella Reese; one brother, Carl Oelfke, Jr. of Holmen, WI; two brothers, Ted (Linda) Oelfke of Fayetteville, NC, Joseph Oelfke of Boyne City, MI; four sisters, Mary (Norm) Hausler of Boyne Falls, MI, Sue (Vern) Walden of Alden, MI, Kathy (Gary) Willson of St. Paul, MN, and Lori (John) Pemberton of Boyne City, MI; one sister-in-law, Audrey Valot of Cheboygan, MI; son-in-law, Charles Arneson of Sparta; grandson-in-law, Joel Cochran; and many nieces and nephews.

   A funeral service will be held Friday, 29 January 2016, at 11 a.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Randy Williamson officiating. Burial will be at Melrose Cemetery, Melrose, WI, with the following serving as pallbearers: Cody Bettis, Coltyn Bettis, Cole Bever, Shannon Schwartz, Jamie Oelfke and David Melde.

   Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

   Online condolences may be offered at

   The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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