Betty M. (Krebs) Heer passed away on December 12, 2020, at Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, Wisconsin. She was born on January 29, 1928 in rural Browntown to Robert Sr. and Merle (Gage) Krebs. She attended Rush and Martintown Schools and graduated from Winslow High School in 1945, and later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Platteville State Teacher’s College (known today as University of Wisconsin Platteville). She met the love of her life, David A. Heer, and they were married at Martintown Community Church by Rev. Roy Berg on June 11, 1949.
Betty enjoyed her 11 years teaching in Wisconsin rural schools, including Watson, Blaisdell, Wayne Center, and Rush School. She then taught second grade at Lena-Winslow Schools for 24 years before retiring in 1988.
She and David moved to Monroe in 1990 where they were active volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Betty volunteered at the Monroe Clinic Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul and Pleasant View Nursing Home; and was also a member of Monroe United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association of Illinois, Green County Historical Society, Winslow Historical Society, Monroe Senior Center and Monroe Arts Center.
She is survived by two sons, Dennis David (Debra) of Lena, Illinois and Christian Robert (Colleen) of Lawrenceville, Georgia; two grandsons, Collin David (Jennifer) Heer of Coralville, Iowa and Evan James (Kaley Long) Heer of Billings, Montana; and one stepgranddaughter, Christina Newman of Lawrenceville, Georgia. She was proud of all three. Betty was also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Krebs; mother, Merle (Gage) Krebs; parents-in-law Christian and Ella Heer; husband David A. Heer; three brothers and spouses, Robert Jr. (Marie), Frank (Viola) and Arthur (Donna); sister and spouse Ann (Thomas Miler); brothers-in-law James (Charlotte) Heer, Ralph Heer; John Heer and Robert Knutson; and sisters-in-law Ruth (LaVerne) Nodolf, Genevieve (Kenneth) Olson, Marie (James) Hahn.
Surviving in-laws include Marian Knutson of Platteville, Elizabeth Davies of Lancaster, and Arlene Heer of Fennimore.
Also missed are her favorite cousin Iola “Dolly” Gage Boehm (David) and best friend Joyce Abbott (William).
Her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Private family services will be held at Saucerman Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Don Kim officiating. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com. A memorial fund is being established in Betty’s name.