A Family Funeral Home

BettyJane M. Klimek

February 27, 1924 - August 11, 2018
Racine, WI



Thursday, August 16, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888
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Friday, August 17, 2018
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT
United Lutheran Church
3825 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402


Friday, August 17, 2018
10:30 AM CDT
United Lutheran Church
3825 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Lakeshore Resident Council

Senior Companion Program

Life Story / Obituary


BettyJane Klimek passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Born in Racine, to the late Frank and Susanna (Dresen) Lechner she had been a lifelong resident of Racine. Following graduation from Horlick High School, she worked at Rainfair for 13 years. During World War II she received a Red Cross award for rolling bandages for wounded veterans. She was united in marriage to Thomas Klimek at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. They enjoyed time spent with family, gardening, fairs, events with choir members, and the Slovak Lutheran Society of which Betty was an auxiliary member. In their mid-60s they attended UW Parkside together. An active, lifelong member of her church, she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was a member of the Board of Lay Ministry for many years. She loved cooking and baking for the church’s men’s dinners and was the cook for St. Paul’s Senior Center for many years. Her family treasures her old time recipes to which she added her own personal touch. She was especially known for her beautifully decorated Christmas cookies. In later years she carefully organized her vast collection of verses and poems which she began collecting at age 11. She is survived by her children, Charles (Debra) Klimek, Karen (Don) Minski, Christine (Bernie) Buchman, and Cheryl (Tom) Svoren, grandchildren, Amy, Alan, Julie, Heather, Melissa, Rachel, John, Joey, Matthew, Steven, great grandchild Rylnn, many relatives, and friends. Betty was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. She’ll be sadly missed.

In addition to her parents, & husband Thomas, she was preceded in death by her siblings Alice, Charles, Frances, John, Arthur, Grace, & their spouses.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. John Bischoff will be held at 10:30 Friday, August 17, 2018 at United Lutheran Church 3825 Erie St. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and 9:30-10:30 Friday at the church. Memorials to Lakeshore Resident Council or Senior Companion Program have been suggested.

Special thanks to the entire staff of Lakeshore Manor for their quality compassionate care, & Senior Companion Brenda.