Betty C. (Rickert) Kersten

Born: Tue., Jan. 4, 1927
Died: Tue., Jan. 12, 2021


Private Family Services will be held at a later date.


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Betty (Rickert) Kersten of Angola Indiana passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 at the age of 94.  Betty was born January 4, 1927 in Loma Linda, California to Beatrice and Dale Rickert.

The Rickert family moved to Indianapolis in 1940.  After graduation from Broad Ripple High School in 1945, Betty moved to Rochester, Minnesota, enrolling in the Cadet Nurses Corps, a massive federal program for the training of American nurses during WWII.  The CNC was instituted due to an urgent need for nurses and understaffed civilian hospitals in the United States.  

After obtaining her nursing degree in 1947, Betty met Robert Kersten on a blind/double date. Robert was a WWII Army veteran who had served in the Pacific.  They married two years later on January 15, 1949 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Indianapolis.

Their early years were spent in Kokomo where Betty and Bob raised their two children, Stephanie and Douglas.  As a family they loved playing games, visiting at the Minnesota cottage, and camping in Michigan and Indiana.  In 1965 Robert and Betty settled their family at Lake James. Betty worked part-time as a school nurse and as a visiting nurse. She was a member of Clear Lake Lutheran Church.

Betty loved living on Lake James where she enjoyed swimming, boating and floating on her inner tube pulling weeds.  Occasionally, she would get out the water ski for a trip around James.  She also enjoyed snowmobiling trips to northern Michigan. She was an avid reader and expert knitter. Playing bridge was a weekly pastime and she was one of the Directors of the Tri-State Duplicate Bridge Club.  Most of all she cherished her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Stephanie, and son, Douglas and his wife, Mary, her grandchildren, Dr. Andy (Dr.Casey) Kersten and Dr.Sara (Ryan) Parrish and her great grandchildren, Bennett, Brooks, Wesley, and Lucy.

Besides her parents, her brother, Charles Rickert, preceded Betty in death.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in Clear Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be made to the Clear Lake Lutheran Church, Fremont, Indiana or to the Angola Fire Department.

Charitable donations may be made in Betty 's memory to the following organizations:

Angola Volunteer Fire Department
202 W. Gilmore Street, Angola, IN 46703

Clear Lake Lutheran Church
270 Outer Drive, Fremont, Indiana 46737

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John H. Gorrell
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Stephenie. My wife and I are so saddened at the passing of your mother. I pray every day for you and did your Mother (& Sarah and her family). I know this will be a great loss for you, especially with your care for your Mom. Now she is in the care of Jesus with a host of angels about her & maybe a Madison nearby.. I get my 2nd COVID 19 shot the end of January and 5 days after, I plan to be at the YMCA swimming. Until then, our love and prayers are with you and your family. John and Margie

Philip & Joyce Murden
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Steph and Doug, so sorry to hear about your mother passing. We know that she has gone on to a better place! We will keep both of you in our prayers.

Chip Folck
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a very special lady. Bev and I send our condolences.

Kathy and Dave Bruns
   Posted Sat January 16, 2021
Doug, Mary and the Kersten family,
I was sorry to read of your mother's passing, Doug. It was a beautiful write up in the paper -- made me wish I'd met her. We are praying for all of you as you experience this time of temporary separation.

Randy and Cindy Plank Family
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Doug and Stephanie - You and your family are in our prayers. Losing parents is one of life's hardest things, but you can take comfort and joy from all your great memories and from what your Mom left behind in your family and the community. She was a good strong soul and lived a good long life. Now she is out of pain in Heaven.

Glenn Kersten
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
Aunt Betty was one of the warmest people I know, as well as being very pragmatic, and an excellent cook. When I broke my nose during a daredevil trampoline accident, Betty used her nursing skills for emergency treatment, and made me as comfortable as possible. I will miss her.

Cheryl Cordes
   Posted Sun January 17, 2021
To your family, We are so sorry for your loss. Peace and comfort to you. Duck and Cheryl Cordes.

Anita Stock
   Posted Mon January 18, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the family of Betty. I always enjoyed having dinner with her at the Elks after her bridge games on Tuesday nights.

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