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Betty Caroline Wiewel

Betty Caroline Wiewel

Betty Caroline Wiewel, 94, of Quincy, IL died at 10:35pm, Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She was born on August 31, 1926 in a farmhouse near Hannibal, MO, the daughter of Fred and Olive (Quintemeyer) Schwartz. Betty married Gerald A. "Tony" Wiewel on May 22, 1948 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hannibal, MO. They were married for 43 years until Tony's death, February 25, 1994.

Betty is survived by her children: Tish (Tom) Suk, of Evanston, IL, Brad (Cindy) Wiewel, of Austin, TX, and Mark Wiewel of Quincy. A sister Rosemary (Schwartz) Whiston, River Forest, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

She was known and loved by her grandchildren as Omi: Jeshua (Jessica) Suk, Gabriel (Kim) Suk, Selah (Ignacio) Bustamante, Caroline Wiewel, Christa Suk, Anthony Wiewel, Samuel Wiewel, Andrew Wiewel, Stephanie (Andy) Reynolds, Matthew (Addie) Wiewel, Zachary Wiewel, and Mark Patrick Wiewel.
Her Great Grandchildren loved to take the train to visit her and include: Aaliyah, Judah, Lydia, Camila, Nayshawn, Marshawn, Tommy, Evan, Irene, Julian, and her namesake, Betty.

In addition to her husband Tony, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Ilene (Neil) Megown, two brothers J. Fred (Agnes) Schwartz and Marvin Schwartz in infancy, a nephew Brent Whiston, a daughter-in-law Karen J. Wiewel, and a brother-in-law: Daniel Whiston.

Mrs. Wiewel graduated from the one room country schoolhouse, Eagle Slough Grade School, and later, Hull High School, and St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing and earned Registered Nurse. She was also a member of the nursing cadet program. She also attended classes at John Wood Community College and was charter member of Quincy University's Polis (Learning in Retirement) Program.

Betty was employed at St. Mary Hospital from 1946-1966 in the Obstetrics Department and from 1966-1971 was coordinator and staff facilitator in the Psychiatric Unit. She called politics her hobby and decided to run for political office 1971 - 1972 as a Republican for Adams County Circuit Clerk. Her campaign slogan was "Vote Well – Vote Wiewel". Even though she didn't win, she made many new friends and gained a wealth of knowledge from the experience.

Always an innovator, from 1973 to 1976 she was Coordinator and Administrator of the new Special Care Unit (Alzheimer) Division of Good Samaritan Home. She suffered a work-related accident in 1976 that ended her ability to stand for long periods thus ending her nursing career. In 1978 she became the Executive Director of the Quincy YWCA until her retirement in 1991.

In retirement she stayed active by volunteering, taking classes at QU, playing bridge, collecting glass bells, and reading. Betty was a proud Quincyan and a strong supporter of the arts.

Betty's faith was the rock of her life. Betty helped organize Great River Teens Encounter Christ (TEC). – a Christ centered weekend for High School Juniors and Seniors and young adults. TEC has help bring thousands of teenagers and young adults closer to Christ. The first TEC weekend was held in Quincy in 1971 and since then there have been 328 TEC weekends. GRTEC also started TEC programs in other cities in Illinois and Missouri.

Betty and her husband Tony were part of the team that helped organize the 1st Cursillo (3-day short course in Christianity for adults) weekend in Quincy in 1974. In the 46 years since then, there have been 347 Cursillo weekends. Betty was Rectora (Director) of Quincy Cursillo #14. Her other volunteer service includes serving as National Bereavement Team Member for "Joyful Again Widowed Ministry, and grief and bereavement volunteer for Blessing Hospice for over 20 years.

In 2002, she was selected as the 50th recipient of the "Golden Deeds Award" sponsored by the Quincy Exchange Club for her humanitarian efforts. The selection committee received several letters from people in the community who had benefited from Betty's acts of service. She was also recipient of the "7 Who Care" Award for Outstanding Community Service, sponsored by KHQA-TV.

Betty was a member of the Church of St. Peter in Quincy, she was an Associate Member of School Sisters of Notre Dame, past president of the Quincy Chapter of Church Women United, past president Women's City Club, past president of Catholic Boys High School Parents and Friends Association, former board member of Quanada and Quincy Society of Fine Arts. She was also a writer and member of Quincy Writer's Guild, and a Charter Member of National Association of YWCA Executive Directors.

One of her greatest joys was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She always played an active role in their lives and their interests and activities.

Betty's care roster and daily prayer list was long. She was always "looking after" someone, sending a card, dropping off food or a little gift. Betty's influenced and guidance in her personal "one person at a time" style touched many. And in doing so she made the world a better place for us all because she set a standard of how to regard all people which was passed to the next generations.

As one granddaughter said about her grandmother: "She was my role model because she was a deeply religious person who tried to help anyone and me whenever we needed it. She was like a best friend to me because she picked me up and took me places whenever I needed something, no matter if she was busy or not, she always found time to help me. She taught me manners, so I wouldn't embarrass myself or my family. She supported me and helped me do whatever I needed to do to achieve the goal I wanted to accomplish. She always came to all my concerts to support me. This was what my grandma meant to me."

As we mourn the loss of our mother, grandmother, and great grandmother we know that the following scripture verse that always hung in her kitchen and was our family scripture and now has been passed by us to our children will comfort us in our grief: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13.

Memorials are suggested to Great River Teens Encounter Christ in the name of Betty C. Wiewel or donor's choice. Please mail to 1523 Wilmar Drive, Quincy, IL 62301. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation. A private funeral service is planned followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery in Quincy, Illinois. A memorial service for Betty's larger family and friends will be held at a later date. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From:
Becky Warning
Quincy, IL
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Betty was a great worman. I got to know her threw working at the WCU. I know she will be sorely missed by all. My deepest sympathies to the family.
From:
Don Benz
Quincy, IL
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Mark and Family - I am sorry for your loss - She has done so much for our community - I wish you peace
From:
Diane Andrew
Quincy, IL
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Mark, I am sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace
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Greg Mann Family
Revere, MO
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Dear Mark and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you navigate these trying waters of life. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and surround you with much love. Greg, Glenda (LeXze) and family
From:
Rick and Sue Straley
Quincy, IL
Comments:
So sorry to her your mom passed away. She was an amazing woman. Prayers to you and your family.
From:
Linda Sylvester
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Dear, Letitia and family,

I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear Mom, Letitia. I know how much you loved each other and I loved hearing many of the stories of the times that you spent together.

Your love for your Mom was such an amazing example of honor and respect. What an amazing tribute you gave about your mother too.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and may God bring you his great peace and comfort.

With deepest sympathy,

Linda Sylvester
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Mary Beth Young
Quincy, IL
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Mark and family, my deepest sympathy. Betty was a kind, caring, wonderful woman and I will always remember the good times with her at the various WCU functions. May your memories of her bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Prayers to you and your family.
From:
Diana Neff Keller
Quincy, IL
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Brad, Im so sorry for your loss
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Scott Summers
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What a wonderful lady and amazing life. As a cousin I heard about Betty from Mom many times over the years. She was truly a servant of God and the world is better for her being a part of it. God bless you all.
From:
Kent Stegeman
Quincy, IL
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Betty was a very kind and caring friend of our family and valued member of the Western Catholic Union. She will be missed by many people in this community. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.
From:
Mariann Tsilis Barnard
Vicksburg, MI
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I had so many great conversations, and smiles with Betty. She was delightful, and will be missed. I am proud to have known her. Jon and I send our deepest condolences.
From:
Mary Fuller
Quincy, IL
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Mark, very sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your Mom from my St John's school days.
My prayers with you and your family
From:
Ron and Melody Clark
Chatham, IL
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Mark and all the family,
Sorry to hear of Betty's passing. I know she meant the world to all of you. Our sincerest condolences.
From:
The Ewalts
Qcy, IL
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Mark, I think your mother did it all and will now be welcomed with open arms to her heavenly home. So sorry for your family's loss. Jan and "Toot" Ewalt
From:
lauralea suess
chicago, IL
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Extending my sympathies. Although I did not know Betty, I have been fortunate enough to know and appreciate her daughter, Tish.
From:
Laverne Meyer
Quincy, IL
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Betty was a very special lady. I got to know her when she was a volunteer for Blessing Hospice. I would like to extend my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
From:
Norma Struemph
Jefferson City, MO
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To the Wiewel Family,
Prayers for all of you as you go through the pain of losing thisjj special lady. I remember Betty from our SSND gatherings with Sisters and Associates and she always brought a spirit of joy and lots of laughter to our meetings. Betty was an Associate with the School Sisters of Norte Dame for 36 years.
From:
Carla Slough
Quincy, IL
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My sympathies and prayers for your family! Heaven got another angel!
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Bonnie (Bennett) Perrine
QUINCY, IL
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I am very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a great lady. Always willing to help. My brother (David Bennett) was in scouts with her boys. Your parents and my parents had been friends for a long time. Prayers for all of you.
From:
Jay Grawe
Quincy, IL
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Mark and family - on behalf of the Mary and Martha ministry at St Peter’s I offer my sympathy to all of you. Mom is a true saint and with Jesus - wow, that’s awesome! Peace to you as we celebrate her going home.
From:
St. Mary Hospital "Then and Now" Community
Quincy, IL
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Remembering Betty as she walked the halls of St. Mary Hospital leaving her footprint in the St. Mary Hospital legacy. Sending our sympathy in thoughts and prayers.