Betty J. DeVoe

Betty J. DeVoe

MADISON-Betty J DeVoe, age 91, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Sylvan Crossing.

She was born on Jan. 21, 1926, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Martin and Aranka (Micheal) Unterfranz.

Betty attended St Bernard Catholic Grade School and graduated from Madison East High School. On June 18, 1947, she married George Richard DeVoe, the love of her life! Together they raised four daughters, Kathleen, Nancy, Mary Beth, and Susan. Betty was a wonderful homemaker. She always kept an immaculate house and had dinner on the table at 5:30 no matter what.

After the children had grown, Betty went on to work for the Monona School Systems as a secretary for the Winnequah School. Betty was an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She served on the altar society, St. Anne’s and sang in the church choir for many years. Betty enjoyed bowling and belonged to several different ladies teams and couples leagues. She loved to sew and knit, and made all the grandchildren their treasured Christmas stockings.

Betty also loved to play cards and was a member of several different cards clubs, although she never liked sitting behind dad! What gave mom great pleasure was shopping…after all a woman could never have too many tops, enough jewelry or purses! We were all blessed to go on quite a few of these sprees, always coming home tired but remembering all the laughter we shared, especially the “Easter Bunny” episode in Milwaukee! Mom was a fabulous cook, just like her mother before her. Betty and George loved hosting “the kids” over the holidays. We will all treasure those fun-filled gatherings, delicious food, and most of all making lasting memories!

Betty is survived by her two daughters, Nancy (Steve) Spilde and Mary Beth (Scott) Heller; sons-in-law, Richard Duwe and William Otis; ten grandchildren, Andrea (Mike), Dan (Mia), Kelly (Todd), Katie (Jon), Kimberly, Timm (Caren), Stacy (Eric), Kaylee (Josh), Rachelle (Brad) and Randy (Kate); and thirteen great-grandchildren, Trevor, William, Keegan, Trenton, Landon, Thomas, Kaden, Koleton, Nora, Hailey, Emily, Liam, and Finn. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; parents; sister; and brother. Also preceding her in death were her daughters, Kathleen Duwe and Susan Otis, and her granddaughter, Nikki Heller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St, Monona, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017, with Father Gabi Lopez-Betanzos presiding. Burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Vincent De Paul or St. Jude’s. At this time we would especially like to give our heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers at Sylvan Crossings for the unbelievable care given to our mother. You are all truly angels on earth! Mom, we take great comfort knowing you are now reunited with dad.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr.
(608) 221-5420