Betty Lou Ratfield

December 21, 1926January 6, 2020

Betty Lou (Wachob) Ratfield, 93, passed away peacefully Monday evening, January 6, 2020, at her home in Palm Bay, Florida, surrounded by her family.

Betty Lou was born in Marengo, Illinois on December 21, 1926 and was the daughter and only child of Paul and Iva (Griebel) Wachob. She graduated from Marengo High School and attended the college of Lake Forrest. Betty Lou worked in a bank for a few short years before becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother, where she raised three children. She and her husband, Jesse, relocated to Florida upon retirement, where they lived out the remainder of their lives.

Betty Lou was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly seventy years, Jesse, and her parents Paul and Iva Wachob.

Betty Lou was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Marengo. She enjoyed traveling, attending theatrical performances, playing cards, watching old movies, and spending time with her family. She was involved with the war effort during WWII and was a member of the Red Hats organization for many years, in addition to supporting the Shriners organization that her husband was a member of. She will be remembered for her bold personality and her forthright attitude.

Betty Lou is survived by her children Nancy (Jim) Jamrozek, Tom (Pam) Ratfield, and Bill (Pamela) Ratfield; her grandchildren Jennifer Jamrozek, Kimberly Jamrozek, Megan (Jamrozek) Bundy, Jonathan Ratfield, Chad Ratfield, and Nicole (Ratfield) Garcia; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Fountainhead Funeral Home, located at 7359 Babcock Street SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909, on Friday, January 10, 2020. The viewing will be from 12pm to 1 pm, with the funeral service beginning at 1 pm and the internment will follow at 2pm.

Family and friends are then invited to gather at 4pm in the Rhum Cove Clubhouse, located at 5011 Dixie Hwy. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905. Parking will be available outside the main gate.

Donations can be made in Betty Lou's memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  • Paul Wachob, Father (deceased)
  • Iva Griebel, Mother (deceased)
  • Jesse Ratfield, Loving Husband of nearly 70 years (deceased)
  • Nancy (Jim) Jamrozek, Daughter
  • Tom (Pam) Ratfield, Son
  • Bill (Pamela) Ratfield, Son
  • Jennifer Jamrozek, Granddaughter
  • Kimberly Jamrozek, Granddaughter
  • Megan (Jamrozek) Bundy, Granddaughter
  • Jonathan Ratfield, Grandson
  • Chad Ratfield, Grandson
  • Nicole (Ratfield) Garcia, Granddaughter
  • Betty Lou also leaves behind 11 beloved Great Grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Repass Friday, January 10, 2020


Betty Lou Ratfield

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Gina Ratfield

January 10, 2020

Betty, I barely just met you face to face and now you have gone. I am comforted knowing you are with your loved ones who have gone before you. Thank you for being who you were, for supporting us and oh what a long, beautiful life you’ve lived. One of your eldest grandsons Chad, is the only one of us that could make it but he wanted to make sure he was there to support his dad, Bill your son and your family. He brings with him the blessings and love we all feel for you. Rest In Peace dear Betty Lou.