Betty Sue Walther

July 11, 1935August 7, 2018
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Betty Sue Walther, age 83, passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Richard; loving mother of Debra (Mike) Bagniewski and Pamela Walther; cherished daughter of the late Ruby O'Brien; dear sister of Dorothy (late Ronald) Haacker, late Patrick (late Kay) O'Brien and Jean (late John) Burrows; fond aunt of many. Funeral Saturday 12 p.m. in the Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 W. Cermak Rd.; Forest Park Interment private. Visitation Saturday 10 a.m. until Services at 12 p.m. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Walther family.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Betty Sue Walther

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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Betty Sue Walther who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Betty was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Betty knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

       Her parents were Ruby O'Brien. Betty was raised in Chicago, IL. Even as a youngster, Betty learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Betty was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Betty was raised with Three siblings. She had an older brother Pat, older sister Jean and a younger sister Dorothy. Betty had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Betty, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      In school, Betty was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Betty was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Betty’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Austin High School. In 1953. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Betty reveled in the security of her family. On May 14, 1955 Betty exchanged wedding vows with Richard Lee Walther. At the Justice of the peace in Norfolk, Virginia. One of Betty’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Betty was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Betty would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Betty was blessed with 2 daughters, Debby and Pam.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Betty was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Betty was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Betty upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was office manager. She was employed for 20 years at BFC forms service. Betty was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Betty approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits was ceramics. Betty was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Betty to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included bowling. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Betty liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Betty was an active member of the Ruth Circle with Lamon Methodist Church.

      Faith was important to Betty. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member Lamon Methodist church for 30 Years. During that time, she was a Sunday school teacher.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Betty used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Betty had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Alaska, Florida, Wisconsin, San Antonio and Vancouver.

      Betty was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Betty’s favorites was PD a Toy Manchester Terrier Dog. They were best friends for 10 wonderful years.

      When Betty’s retirement finally arrived in 1996, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found new pleasure in putting pictures in photo albums by years. In many ways, Betty loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Betty passed away on August 7, 2018 at Westchester, IL. Dementia, Alzheimers and Congestive Heart Failure. She is survived by her daughters Debby and Pam and son-in-law Mike. Services were held at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Betty was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, IL.

      All who knew her would agree that Betty was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Betty Sue Walther did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.