Elizabeth Lou “Betty” Meier (Powers)
Elizabeth Lou “Betty” Meier (Powers), died March 18, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family. Betty, the daughter of Harry and Isabel Powers (Malone), was born in Janesville, Wis. on February 11, 1941.
Through her formative years, Betty’s family often moved throughout south-central Wisconsin. Her family settled in Fort Atkinson in 1953.
Betty attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1959. She was the recipient of the then Hospital Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship and attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, MN. She graduated in August of 1962 and returned to Fort Atkinson to fulfill her obligation of the scholarship by working at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. After completing the obligation in August of 1963, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to work as a nurse for one year. Upon her return to Wisconsin she attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
She married Richard “Dick” Meier on September 11, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson.
Betty enjoyed volunteering in her church and community. She served and was chairperson to many community organizations including Council of Catholic Women, Wisconsin ProLife, Junior Women’s Club, Friends of the Library, and United Way. But most important to her were her faith, family, and friends.
Dick and Betty have three marvelous children, Michele, Mark and Mary. Betty felt that they were her greatest accomplishment.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Meier, her children, Michele (Brad) Simonson, Mark Meier and Mary (Jason) Jacobson, her grandchildren, Mara and Nicholas Simonson and Justin and Erica Jacobson, her three brothers, Tom Powers, John (Peggy) Powers and Mike Powers and her devoted sister, Catherine Powers. She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving brother Richard “Dick” Powers and sisters-in-law Shirley (Tom) Powers, and Sandy (Mike) Lueder-Powers.
Visitation will be Monday, March 25 from 3:00-5:30PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. A Rosary will be said at 5:30PM followed by a Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Fr. Peter Auer, and concelebrated by priest friends of Betty. Close friend Mgsr. Terry Connors will be giving the eulogy. A private family burial will take place at a later time.
Her family is grateful to Rainbow Hospice, and the in-home nurses who provided so much love and support. We thank God for Mom’s life and wonderful example, and she will be greatly missed by family and her many friends.
Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family with arrangements.
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