Elizabeth Marie Neubauer (Betty) was born to Helena (Peterson) and Valentine Baggot on May 28, 1922 at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, Wisconsin and died on July 18, 2014 at Marquardt Manor, Watertown, Wisconsin.
Betty grew up in Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton, Wisconsin with her two sisters, Alice (Pierce) and Lucille (Weber) and graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School as valedictorian in 1940. She studied for two years at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a candidate for Badger Beauty and where she met Robert D. Neubauer (Bob).
Betty left school to support the war effort at the Baraboo Munitions Works, and Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant junior grade. Bob and Betty were married on December 11, 1943, and their first child, Lynn, was born in November, 1945 while Bob was on his way home from the Pacific theater. A short time later they moved to Sterling, Colorado where Bob, his father, Joe, and his three brothers established the Sterling Packing Company. Four more children were born to the couple: Bob, Jr., Tara, Marcia and Michael. In addition to raising their five children, Betty played golf (earning the championship title at the Sterling Country Club) learned to play bridge, volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother, and inspired her children to be readers and library patrons. The family returned to Wisconsin in 1958 and in 1963, the youngest child, Laura, was born.
Betty was devoted to her family, and continued to be a devout Catholic, great cook, competitive golfer (winning the championship at the Dell View Country Club) avid reader, and formidable bridge player. She enjoyed collecting antiques, particularly silver flatware and serving pieces. She was a member of St Cecilia’s Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella for more than 50 years. Betty and Bob’s favorite place to relax was their vacation home on Pleasant Lake in Coloma, Wisconsin, where they spent many summers boating and enjoying friends and family. She also enjoyed following the Packers and Badgers, and she and Bob often attended their games. Since Bob’s death in February, 2008, she has resided at Marquardt Manor, Watertown, Wisconsin. She was predeceased by her mother and father, her sister, Alice, and her husband, Bob, the love of her life.
Betty is survived by her children, Lynn Sondreal (Lowell Shoaf), Bob (Sheri), Tara (Paul Voelker), Marcia (Mark) Sondergard, Michael (Peggy) and Laura (Darcy Leatherberry); her sister, Lucille; and nieces, Susie Weber-Nehls and Kristee Weber-Mickler; and nephews Roger, Jr. David and Jimmy Pierce; 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by Bob’s sister-in law, Josephine Neubauer, and Bob’s 17 nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond.
Visitation will be held at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Wisconsin Dells on July 24 from 1 to 2, followed by Mass and private burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that donations be made in Betty’s name to the Kilbourn Public Library, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.