Betty Ruth Porter was welcomed into the arms of her Lord, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. She was born on Dec. 16, 1922 on her parent’s farm just east of Koro, the second daughter of Henry and Marie Alice (Sawyer) Sieger. Betty was one of twelve children. Betty spent her whole life in faith, baptized in the Waukau Methodist Church, and spent her first years of marriage in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Berlin, and then moving back to her home church in Waukau. She attended Starr School for a little over one year, and then moved to the Waukau Grade School, when her parents moved closer to Waukau. Upon graduation from grade school, Betty was determined to go to high school, and became a “hired girl,” cooking and cleaning for families. She graduated from Berlin High School in 1941. She was united in marriage to Lyle Mahler Porter on July 8, 1941, in the front room of their rural Rush Lake home that they lived in their whole married life. They had almost sixty five years together. Betty worked at Koro Creamery, and later was an office worker at Sand Knit and Berlin McQuay Perfex. She was active in her community serving as a 4-H leader for the Lakeshore 4-H club for many years; in addition she served as president of the Berlin Alumni Association, president of the Berlin Senior Center, and spent over 50 years in various Homemakers Clubs. She loved to sing and was in the church choir for many years and later in the Senior Singers, Berlin. She served her church in many ways including president and secretary of the Waukau United Methodist women. Her faith was a cornerstone of her life. Betty loved to be around people. She said she could talk to just about anyone. She and Lyle loved to travel and they enjoyed trips after retirement to Alaska, Seattle, Nashville, Branson, Arizona, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, and many other locations. Betty will be remembered by many as a great cook, especially her potato salad and apple pie. Her pride was her flowers and house plants. There was also a soft spot in her heart for her many kitties through the years.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Jean Porter of Raleigh, N.C. and Sandra Porter and her husband, Gary Jesse of Mayville, and grandson Lee Jesse. She is further survived by brothers, Donald (Mary Ann) Sieger of Oshkosh; sister, Beverly Luther of Ripon; sister, Darleen Wetterau of Oshkosh; brother, Orv Sieger of Oshkosh; and sisters in law, Eldora Sieger and Karen Sieger. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters in infancy; brothers, Alvern Sieger, Clifford Sieger and Leonard Sieger; and sisters, Nellie Mae Sieger and Florence Sasada; brothers-in- law, Glenn Sasada, Harvey Luther and James C. Wetterau. She is also survived by dear friends, Evelyn Harrison, Evelyn Lockner, Marian Kuharski, Kathy and George Wunrow and their children and grandchildren.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. and then again on Wednesday at Waukau United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Kristin Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in the Nepeuskun Cemetery. If desired, memorials in Betty’s honor may be directed to Waukau United Methodist Church or an animal shelter of your choice.
Kwiatkowski Funeral Home, 425 Jefferson Ave., Omro (920) 685-2207.