OBITUARY

Betty J. Kararo

September 19, 1928October 14, 2018
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Betty June Kararo 1928-2018 Springfield, IL—Betty June Kararo, 90, of Springfield passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Betty was born on September 19, 1928 in St. David, IL, the daughter of Emil and Cora (Tarrant) Duquanne. She married Lee Kararo on April 30, 1954 and he preceded her in death on July 10, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents and half-sister Kathleen Maloney of Pekin. She is survived by her son, Craig Kararo (Janet) of Springfield, grandsons Alexander and Evan Kararo of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.

After moving to Springfield Betty worked for the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs. She then served as downstate office manager for the Illinois State Medical Society for 24 years before moving to the Illinois Department of Transportation's legislative office from which she retired in 1990.

Betty was an avid golfer, participating in leagues at Longbridge and Lincoln Greens, and a former member of The Rail and Edgewood C.C. She and Lee were also members of the Central Illinois Grass Hoppers golf group. She was a volunteer usher for UIS Sangamon Auditorium and belonged to the Elk's Club Auxiliary, Springfield Motor Club and Laurel United Methodist Church. Each year she participated in the American Cancer Society Sangamon County Chapter's Walk for Life and in 2012 was recognized as their longest cancer survivor.

The family extends their gratitude to the staff of Mill Creek Alzheimer’s of Springfield for their years of professionalism, compassion and kindness. Visitation: 9:30 A.M. until services at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, October 19th at Bisch Funeral Home, 2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield. Rev. Dr. Kent A. Lolling will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Emil Duquenne, Father
  • Cora DuQuenne, Mother
  • Lee Kararo, Husband
  • Craig (Janet) Kararo, Son
  • Alex Kararo, Grandson
  • Evan Kararo, Grandson
  • Kathleen Maloney, Half Sister
  • There are several nieces and nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alexander Kararo
  • Evan Kararo
  • Terry Campo
  • William Bell
  • Ronald Leonard
  • Jeff Daugherty
  • DONATIONS

  • Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzhiemer's Association

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Funeral Friday, October 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

Betty J. Kararo

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Joe & Jackie Kararo

October 18, 2018

Craig sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. Her and Uncle Lee were always good to have around even though all visits were not as frequent as we all would have liked because of the distance in living arrangements.
Our prayers will be said for all. May she rest in peace with Lee.
Grant unto Betty & Lee eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Joe & Jackie Kararo

Laurie Donnan Allender

October 15, 2018

Betty was such a bright spirit and a strong woman with a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed our conversations, even when we didn't entirely agree! From the first time I met she and Lee, they always made me feel welcome. My deepest sympathy to Craig, Janet, Alex and Evan.

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Biography

Betty June Kararo 1928-2018
Springfield, IL—Betty June Kararo, 90, of Springfield passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Betty was born on September 19, 1928 in St. David, IL, the daughter of Emil and Cora (Tarrant) Duquanne. She married Lee Kararo on April 30, 1954 and he preceded her in death on July 10, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents and half-sister Kathleen Maloney of Pekin. She is survived by her son, Craig Kararo (Janet) of Springfield, grandsons Alexander and Evan Kararo of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.

After moving to Springfield Betty worked for the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs. She then served as downstate office manager for the Illinois State Medical Society for 24 years before moving to the Illinois Department of Transportation's legislative office from which she retired in 1990.

Betty was an avid golfer, participating in leagues at Longbridge and Lincoln Greens, and a former member of The Rail and Edgewood C.C. She and Lee were also members of the Central Illinois Grass Hoppers golf group. She was a volunteer usher for UIS Sangamon Auditorium and belonged to the Elk's Club Auxiliary, Springfield Motor Club and Laurel United Methodist Church. Each year she participated in the American Cancer Society Sangamon County Chapter's Walk for Life and in 2012 was recognized as their longest cancer survivor.

The family extends their gratitude to the staff of Mill Creek Alzheimer’s of Springfield for their years of professionalism, compassion and kindness.
Visitation: 9:30 A.M. until services at 11:00 A.M., on Friday, October 19th at Bisch Funeral Home, 2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield. Rev. Dr. Kent A. Lolling will officiate.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 544-5424