The night sky shines brighter since Betty Ann Berndt left our world on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Betty Ann’s life journey began on December 22, 1931 in Mayville, Wisconsin as the fourth child of Carl and Hertha (Griepentrog) Niehoff. This gracious lady shared 85 glorious years with us and enriched every life she encountered.
Betty Ann grew up in Horicon, WI and married her high school sweetheart, David, on a very cold January afternoon in 1951. This year they celebrated 66 years of marriage and continued to amaze their family and friends by the depth of their everlasting love.
Betty’s love of family is shared with their four children, nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She gathered family and friends for wonderful parties that demonstrated her many unique talents from dazzling table settings to amazing meals only to be followed by magnificent desserts. Betty was a true fashionista. Her artistic talents were vast including gardening, decorating and watercolor painting; she was a terrific bridge player that loved a good dry martini, cherished the Christmas season, made every birthday extraordinary and always found time to dance in the kitchen! Betty and Dave traveled the world and made life-long friends who shared their adventurous spirit.
As you search the heavens, Betty’s star shines brightly next to her infant son, Jeffrey. She joins the cluster of family and friends that illuminated the skies ahead of her: Carl, Hertha, Henry, Esther, Jeannie, Kieran, Don, Audrey, Sharon, Greg, Scar, Marilee, Gordon, Sandy, Sue, Bill and Dick.
Her beloved husband, David, survives Betty along with her children and their spouses: Randy (Wendy) Berndt, Connie (David) Kubiak, Ann (Tony) Millonig and Mark (Lynn) Berndt. Grandchildren: Matt (Katie) Kubiak, Kimberly (Nate) Sanders, Joshua (Tricia) Millonig, Weston (Jenn) Berndt, Sarah (Abe) Thompson, Liz Berndt, Jason Millonig, Jack Berndt and Josie Berndt. Great-Grandchildren: Tyler, Addison, Oliver, Carly, Ava, Finn, Ean, Grace, Myles, Henrik and Makenna. Sisters: Harriet Muenchow and Donna Johnson; Brother-in-Law: Jerome Berndt. Along with all her delightful nieces, terrific nephews and marvelous friends.
Celebrate Betty Ann’s amazing life with her family from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm with a Memorial Service starting at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 18, at Newcomer-Green Bay Chapel, 340 S. Monroe Avenue, Green Bay, WI. Martini glasses and dessert forks are optional. Betty’s ashes will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon, WI when butterflies dance with the wind on June 9, 2018.
Betty enjoyed the beauty and inspiration of her gardens, so in tribute, her family has selected a Memorial teak bench in Green Bay Botanical Garden’s “Wisconsin Woodland Garden”. Memorial Donations should be directed in Betty Ann’s name to: GBBG, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay, WI 54304 or online at GBBG.org (no flowers please!). We hope you continue your conversations with Betty in this special place.