Bettie Mae Spitze of Lincoln, Ill., passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at the
VNA Horton Hospice Center in Valparaiso. She was 79.
Born March 3, 1930 in Evansville, Ind., she was the daughter of John and
Gladys (Reeder) Copeland. On May 26, 1974 in Lincoln, she married Elmer
Spitze, who preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2007.
She is survived by son Duane Dexter (wife Brenda) of Lincoln, Ill.; daughter
Glenda Dexter-Brown (husband Philip) of Chesterton; stepson Charles Spitze
(Roberta) of Weare, N.H.; stepdaughter Jeanette Das (Amiya) of Champaign,
Ill.; brother-in-law Robert Spitze of Urbana; sister-in-law Dora Grace
McCall (Nolan) of Berryville, Ark.; grandchildren Shelley Dexter-Thomas
(Jon) of LeRoy, Ill., Andrew Dexter of Lincoln, Matthew Brown of Chesterton,
Derek Dexter of Lincoln, and Christopher Brown of Chesterton;
stepgrandchildren Philip Spitze (Kerry) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Michael
Spitze (Emily DeMaria and daughter Aizlin) of Keene, N.H.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Melvada Jean Copeland; and
son Ben Dexter.
Bettie worked in a variety of positions for the State of Illinois and was a
self-employed housekeeper for 22 years. She was a member of the First United
Methodist Church in Lincoln and enjoyed reading, quilting, crocheting, and
Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory in Valparaiso, a private family
service will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.
Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice in Valparaiso or to the Logan County
Paramedic Association in Lincoln, Ill. Arrangements were handled by the
Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso. Moellerfuneralhome.com