Betty Louise Alt

January 2, 1928August 7, 2013

Betty Alt, age 85 passed away peacefully on August 7th, 2013 She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa She is one of 11 children. She graduated from Garner High in 1945 and married George Alt in 1952. The family moved from Iowa to Arizona in 1964 for her health. She is survived by her three daughters, Donna Mellema, of Kihei, Hawaii , Husband Rodger, Shirley Spadafino of Mesa Az , Husband Joseph, her Daughter Patty Sickles of Wickenburg Az , Husband Everett. She has 4 Grandchildren Angela, Joseph, Daniel (PASSED) and Matthew. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Schmidt of Toledo Ohio, Annie Hayes of Garner Iowa, and brothers Peter Schmidt of San Diego Ca. and George Schmidt of Garner, Iowa, She had many nieces and nephews . She is preceded in death by her brothers Adam, Eddie, Joe and Johnny, her sister s Katy and Barb. Betty loved to bake cookies, cup cakes and her famous angel food cakes. She was a member of the Lady Sodality group at MT Carmel for several years. We also want to thank Rita Kirby who brought her Holy Communion every week. Our Mother was very devoted to her faith. She loved her family with all her heart and we will all miss her. Everyone who ever met her loved her smile, her laugh and the joy she gave them. We know we will see her again someday. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:00am at Our Lady Of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, 2121 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Banner Gardens Hospice in Betty’s name, 7231 E. Broadway Rd Mesa, AZ 85208 and as our Mother would always say “keep smiling”. We love you Mom, forever in our hearts.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • Interment Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Christine Becker

September 18, 2013


I'm sorry I missed saying goodbye to you; you'll be missed very much. I always loved your laugh and smile. Thanks for the delicious cookies and angel cake. It was always a nice surprise for the family. The kids really enjoyed your baking. Daniel must be very happy to have Grandma with him. Share your cakes with everyone up in Heaven, but save a slice for me! Most of all, thank you for giving me the best friend I've ever had, Shirley.


Matthew Spadafino

September 17, 2013

"Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever."

Grandma Betty was and will always be the sweetest, bravest, strongest, most beautiful, careless, amazing grandmother and person I have ever known. She was the best grandmother anyone could ask for, and so much more than that. For her to be in my life was beyond a blessing, and for her to have lived this long is a miracle. She will always be an inspiration to me and to many, and will always remain in the hearts of the people who have had the privilege of having her in their lives.

Now, she is with my brother, and the rest of her family who have passed, as well as her Heavenly family. She is smiling and laughing and singing and dancing and she is truly pain-free. And I know she will always be watching over me and my family.

I love you, Grandma. I know you'll be right there waiting for me, with open arms, when it's my time. Until then, I will forever keep you in my heart.

Joseph Spadafino

September 17, 2013

My Grandma Betty was the best grandma anyone could ask for. She was loving and caring to me and my siblings and always put others before herself. I will cherish my memories with her for the rest of my life and she will be missed dearly.

sheri anderson

September 15, 2013

I have known Betty since I was an infant, as Shirley and I were childhood friends. She is one of the warmest and caring people I have ever known. When we lived by the river in Mason City Iowa, my family was flooded many times and Betty took us in and did all she could to help us. I will never forget her kindness! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend Betty!

Patty Sickles

September 15, 2013

Mom thanks for all the love and laughter and for being the best Mom in the world. I will miss balancing your check book and Everett will miss your angel food cake's. Take comfort Mom in knowing that you raised your three girls right and we will always be there for each other as you were always there for us.Your love for your family was so great and we thank you for that.Come visit us in our dreams and thanks for preparing us for this day. The family would like thank Carr-Tenney Mortuary for their help and support in our time of sorrow . Mom I love you always and forever, until we meet again Love Patty

Angela Spadafino

September 15, 2013

It seems almost impossible that you are gone. I miss you every day and think about you every day. I'm going to miss you tremendously, but I know you are watching down on us from Heaven and you are with Daniel and everyone else who has gone before us. I'd like to think this sense of calmness I have about you passing is just a sense of peace that you have provided me. I am very thankful I was able to spend the amount of time I did with you before you left this world; I think it prepared me for a world without you. I love you Grandma, with all of my heart, and I would not be the same person I am without you in my life. Until we meet again, I love you.

Mary Lou Rajner

September 13, 2013

Although I did not see Aunt Betty often, when I did, she always made me feel as one of her own. She had a huge heart, great smile and a wonderful laugh. Her children and grandchildren are a testament to what a wonderful mother and grandmother she was and her integrity and tenacity will live on in them. Rest in Peace, Aunt Betty.

Deacon Joe Spadafino

September 9, 2013

Betty was the best mother-in-law a guy could have. She was always there for Shirley and me and for her grandchildren. She will be missed. Love you, Betty. God bless you! Joe

August 30, 2013

Love you Mom forever. I Miss all of our phone calls and visits. I miss going to the store for you. I know you are with the Lord and all of your family members. I am happy that Daniel has his Grandma with him. We prayed over you on that last day and the Priest said that you need to take Daniel's hand and he will show you all around the kingdom. I know we will meet again someday. You were the best Mother and Grandmother we could have ever wished for. I do miss your Laugh and your smile.

August 24, 2013

To The Family Of Bertha Louise Alt -

On behalf of the staff at Carr-Tenney Mortuary, I would like to offer our most heartfelt condolence to you. Thank you for letting our staff serve you during this most difficult time.


Lemuel D. Cannon
Funeral Arranger