MOUNT CARROLL – Betty Guenzler, 83, of Mount Carroll, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society – Mount Carroll.
Betty was born June 15, 1934, in Crystal, Michigan, the daughter of Mark and Marie (Bogart) Ruedger. She graduated from Lansing Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, and received religious training at Huntington College. Betty worked as a missionary in Sierra Leone, Africa for 9 years. After her missionary calling, she worked as a nurse at St. John Hospital.
Betty’s future husband, Charles Guenzler, was caring for his first wife, Juanita, at their home. A group of missionary nurses, of which Betty was one, came to Mt. Carroll to help Charles care for Juanita. After Juanita’s death, Charles stayed in contact with Betty, and eventually they were married on June 8, 1985. They celebrated 32 years together, and remained devoted to each other for the rest of their lives. Charles passed away 22 days before Betty on Oct. 28, 2017. Betty farmed with her husband, Charles, for many years. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of God in rural Mount Carroll.
Betty is survived by three sisters, Shirley Ruedger of Greenville, Michigan, Frances Proctor of Hubbardston, Michigan, and Nancy (Calvin) Hansen of Sheridan, Michigan; one brother, Don (Diane) Ruedger of Middleton, Michigan; her sister-in-law, Marjorie Mummert of rural Lanark; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Charles; two sisters, Edith and Donna; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Mummert in 2005; and his nephew, Allen Mummert, in 1964, who was Carroll County’s first soldier killed during service in Vietnam.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Carroll Church of God. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Valley Church of God and the Carroll County 4-H Club.
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