Dodgeville – Betty J. (McCluskey) Evans, age 83, of Dodgeville, passed away peacefully at Upland Hills Health Nursing & Rehab Center on Saturday, January 11, 2014 surrounded by her loving family following a brief battle with Chronic Heart Failure.
She was born on March 11, 1930 the daughter of Edward and Helene (Heibel) McCluskey. She graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1948 and remained a lifelong Dodgeville resident. She was united in marriage to Edward D. “Toad” Evans on February 17, 1949. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1992.
She worked at Minerva’s Hair Salon, then as a bookkeeper for Borden Cheese Company before going to work for General Telephone as a customer representative for over 30 years and finishing her working career at Lands’ End after 18 years, retiring following her 80th birthday in June 2010.
She was a devout catholic and an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dodgeville. All of her kids attended St. Joseph School and she was very supportive of Catholic education. Her strong spirituality came from her grandmother and has been passed onto to her children and grandchildren. She so much enjoyed time spent with her children, grand children and great-grand children. She traveled to many places with her children from the east coast to the west coast, to Hawaii and to Europe to see Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, London to see Big Ben and London Bridge and Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone. Her three trips to Augusta for the Master’s golf tournament were very memorable. She loved a cruise through the Panama Canal where her husband Toad served in the US Army and especially a cruise with her friends to the Caribbean. She enjoyed watching and attending any sporting events, following the Dodgeville Dodgers, and cheering for the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and The Fighting Irish. She occasionally liked to place a little wager in Las Vegas or a casino or winning at the Calcutta. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.
Betty is survived by her children, Ted (Patty) Evans of Mineral Point, children Kendall (Jennifer) Evans, daughter Samantha of Tolland, CT., Kyle (Keri) Evans, daughter Madelyn of Manchester, CT., Trina (Terry) Slack, sons Chase and Brooks of Wisconsin Dells, and Tricia (Mike) McVay, children Dominik, Chloe, and Makayla of Mineral Point; Tom (Mary) Evans of Madison, children Vince (Jessica Swan) of Madison and Nathan (Chelsi Mersberger) children Meryn Rosary, Nolan Donald, and Darius James of Stoughton; Peg Hitt of Sun Prairie and daughters Allison (Sean) Brennan and Molly (Joseph Ferris) Hitt both of Los Angeles, CA; Mary (Jim) O’Flahrity, sons J. Morgan and E. Donovan of Fitchburg.
Betty is further survived by her sisters Marian (Bernard) Walsh and Carol Cody both of Mineral Point; her in-laws, Norma McCluskey, Lois Arneson, Jayne Harrison, Ronnie (Joyce) Evans all of Dodgeville and Jim (Sharon) Evans of Barneveld; as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Don McCluskey, her sisters Delores Hammond and Lois Jones, infant brother Joseph, her in-laws Edward Cody, Thomas Jones, John Hammond, and Ralph and Joan Evans.
Mother was a compassionate person who couldn’t do enough for others. She had a heart of gold and so enjoyed being a chauffeur for her friends and relatives generously taking them wherever they needed to go. She loved doing anything for others especially all of her grandchildren. She would travel all over the State of Wisconsin and the country to watch them participate. She was known as Grandma Betz to all who knew her. She had an infectious gift of kindness and fun spirit that she shared with all. Her family was the mainstay of her life. She greatly enjoyed having family home for celebrations and get togethers especially Christmas Eve.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Dodgeville. Father Patrick Wendler will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville. There will be a rosary service held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Doctors and staff at Upland Hills Health ER and First Floor, for the tender loving care by all the staff at Upland Hills Nursing and Rehab Center, the doctors and staff at Dean St. Mary’s. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Grunow for his kindness, compassion, and patience with mother.
In lieu of flowers consider a charitable contribution to St. Joseph School Trust, Upland Hills Nursing & Rehab Center, or your charity of your choice.