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Elizabeth M. "Betty" Zanger

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Zanger

On a peaceful April morning surrounded by all of her children and family, Elizabeth Mary "Betty" Zanger, 95, crossed over into the arms of the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Zanger, Sr. at 11:35am Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Betty was born on October 11, 1917 in Quincy, the daughter of Frank & Anna Voss Venvertloh. She was the only girl in the family with seven older brothers. She married Robert W. Zanger, Sr. on June 10, 1939 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Quincy. He preceded her in death on November 10, 1988.

Betty was a present member of St. Francis Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She was a shining example of faith, love and generosity. Betty always offered to feed her family and guests with food and beverage once under her roof. She was a wonderful cook known for her homemade ketchup, pecan rolls and angel food cakes. She loved to play any type of card games, especially euchre, pinochle and pitch. Betty was a homemaker most of her life gardening and selling vegetables and fruits to local stores. After raising her children she worked at Moormans for several years in the cafeteria.

She is survived by: SEVEN CHILDREN: Robert W. Zanger, Jr. and his wife Sally; James G. "Squeak" Zanger and his wife Mary Jean; Lawrence H. "Larry" Zanger and his wife Donna; Ed Zanger; Mary A. Courty and her husband Clive all of Quincy; Rose M. Cherry and her husband Andrew "Andy" of Pleasant Plains, IL and Michael J. Zanger and his wife Janice of Quincy.

NINETEEN GRANDCHILDREN: Chris Zanger and his wife Lori; Mark Zanger and his wife Brandy; Linda Sperry and her husband Doug; Jim Zanger and his wife Tina; Barbie Wargo and her husband Brad; Marcia East and her husband Josh; Eric Zanger and his wife Kathleen; Jeff Zanger and his wife Shannon; Michelle Adams and her husband John; Jay Zanger and his girlfriend Clare Blase; Angie Geiselman and her husband John; Susan Zanger and her fiancé Jim Thixton; Melanie Zanger and her boyfriend Robert Huff; Craig Courty and his wife Tammy; Matt Courty and his wife April; Charles Cherry and his wife Diane; Vicki Selvaggio and her husband Andy; Ryan Zanger and his wife Jayme; and Lindsay Zanger.

THIRTY-TWO GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Andrew, Zach, Wolfgang, Ripley, Jared, Madison, Jordan, Tanner, Jenna, Hunter, Jonathan, McKenna, Hunter, Kevin, Brian, Justin, Nathan, Logan, Addison, Morgan, Megan, Lucas, Elizabeth, Samantha "Sami", Kennedy, Kate, Cody, Chevee, Alex, Lauryl, Anna and Kieyran.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by one son Donald "Donnie" Zanger, one grandson David "Stomp" Zanger, one great-grandson Easton "Super E" Zanger, seven brothers George, Henry, William "Pete", John, Ed, Albert "Bert" and Ferdie Venvertloh. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 9:30AM in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and at 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis Catholic Church by Father James Wheeler.  Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 with a Prayer service at 6:30.  Memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Quincy Notre Dame, or to the Knights of Columbus TV Mass for Shut-Ins. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Charla Martin
Palmyra, MO
Hi Mary,
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.
Charla Martin & family
Lonny Lemon
Mundelein, IL
To the Zanger family:
I was truly saddened to hear about Betty's passing. I have wonderful memories of sitting at the kitchen table, eating Thanksgiving feasts in the basement, and driving "Grandma" to her physical therapy after she broke her wrist. She was a special lady who showed us all that what is most important in life is family. Your family is blessed to be one of the "closest" I have ever known, and it started with her and Bob. I will pray that HE gives all of you the strength you need to get through the tough days ahead, but also that HE brings wonderful memories of her into your thoughts, hearts, and spirit each and every day. God Bless.
Paul Kevin Geers
St. Louis, MO
Dear Zanger family,
What a wonderful lady, I met Mrs. Zanger 49 years ago when I served mass at Soldiers Home Chapel 1964-1988, she and Mrs. Ed Peters would come to daily mass, and I have spoken to her many times since and at St. Rose church last year. She was really a true Good Catholic Lady, God rest her soul.

Paul K. Geers
President of the Latin Mass Society of Quincy.
George & Chris Black
Quincy, IL
Dear Mary;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. May the memories overshadow the sadness. We will keep you in our prayers.
George & Chris
Lindsay Shaffer
Camp Point, IL
She will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed her visits to the Market.
Debbie Jansen Gardner
Moberly, MO
Was so sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was a wonderful lady. I have fond memoriies of living next door to your family growing up & seeing you all @family functions over the years. Thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Family of Richard Jansen