Grandma Betka

Rest in peace, you are and will be missed.

HOOPESTON – Florence E. “Floss” (Nelson) Betka, 89, of Hoopeston passed away at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Mrs. Betka was born on Dec. 6, 1921, in Granite City, the daughter of James E. and Florence (Story) Nelson. On Sept. 20, 1946, she married Kenneth Betka. Her husband preceded her in death on April 4, 2006.

Floss is survived by two daughters, Sue Betka of Washington, D.C., and Jean (Tom) Skoza of Champaign; one son, Bill (Melva) Betka of Cissna Park; three grandchildren, Corey (Alisha) Betka of Champaign and Rachel and Warren Skoza of Champaign; two great-grandsons, Robin and Jonathan Betka of Champaign; and two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Nelson of St. Louis and Margaret Hurliman of Martinton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert; a daughter, Lois; three brothers, Willie, Clyde and Harold Nelson; and a sister, Selma Nelson.

Mrs. Betka graduated from Eastern Illinois University and taught at the East Lynn High School for several years. She and her husband lived on the centennial family farm for nearly 46 years.

Floss also taught Sunday school for the high school children at the East Lynn United Methodist Church. She was also a homemaker who especially enjoyed tatting, sewing, crocheting, quilting, reading and sports.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, with the Rev. Janet Eggleston officiating. Burial will be at East Lynn Cemetery, East Lynn.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.