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Bettie Mae Spitze private service set

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Bettie Mae Spitze of Lincoln, Ill., passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at the VNA Horton Hospice Center in Valparaiso. She was 79.

Born March 3, 1930 in Evansville, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Gladys (Reeder) Copeland. On May 26, 1974 in Lincoln, she married Elmer Spitze, who preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2007.

She is survived by son Duane Dexter (wife Brenda) of Lincoln, Ill.; daughter Glenda Dexter-Brown (husband Philip) of Chesterton; stepson Charles Spitze (Roberta) of Weare, N.H.; stepdaughter Jeanette Das (Amiya) of Champaign, Ill.; brother-in-law Robert Spitze of Urbana; sister-in-law Dora Grace McCall (Nolan) of Berryville, Ark.; grandchildren Shelley Dexter-Thomas (Jon) of LeRoy, Ill., Andrew Dexter of Lincoln, Matthew Brown of Chesterton, Derek Dexter of Lincoln, and Christopher Brown of Chesterton; stepgrandchildren Philip Spitze (Kerry) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Michael Spitze (Emily DeMaria and daughter Aizlin) of Keene, N.H.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Melvada Jean Copeland; and son Ben Dexter.

Bettie worked in a variety of positions for the State of Illinois and was a self-employed housekeeper for 22 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln and enjoyed reading, quilting, crocheting, and fishing.

Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory in Valparaiso, a private family service will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill. Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso or to the Logan County Paramedic Association in Lincoln, Ill. Arrangements were handled by the Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso.


Posted 2/1/2010