Betty J. Bahlow

December 23, 1929August 7, 2010

Sherman, IL

Betty J. Bahlow, 80, of Sherman, passed away Saturday August 7, 2010 with her family by her side

She was born December 23, 1929 the daughter of George and Viola Centers Shyer. She married Howard Bahlow August 20, 1949 and he preceded her in death January 19, 2009.

Betty was the owner and operator of Betty’s Beauty Shop for over 30 years. She was a member of Elliott Ave. Baptist Church. She was a past Den Mother, an avid golfer and bowler.

Surviving are her children; Randy (wife Sandi) Bahlow of Riverton, IL and Debbie (husband Steve) Sommer of Springfield. She has three grandchildren, Brian (wife Shelly) Bahlow,of Springfield, Lorri (husband Chris) Bandy of Williamsville, IL and Lindsay Sommer, of Sherman, IL, a sister, Kay (husband Auggie) Casson of Williamsville, IL. and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 13, 2010 at the Bisch and Son Funeral Home 505 E. Allen from 12 noon until time of memorial services there at 1:00 pm. Rev. Roger Jackson officiating. Private inurnment will follow in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, those that wish may direct memorial contributions to the Elliott Ave. Baptist Church.

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


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Nancy Hughes

August 19, 2010

I met Betty 25 years ago when I lived in Springfield. She was on two of the golf leagues I played on (not very well, I might add) and she took me under her wing. She was a wonderful person and she left a lasting impression on me. When I moved away from the area, she took me to lunch to say goodbye. I just moved back to the area 3 years ago and was so sorry to hear of her illness. She left a lasting mark on my life as I am sure she did on many others. My deepest sympathy to the family.

August 15, 2010

I met Betty years ago in a ladies bowling league at King Pin. I believe Betty and I were part of a team that flew to Vegas for the national bowling tourney. We all liked going to the state and national ones just to see the world. I remember Betty to be a sweet, encouraging gal as I was barely in my 20s and was a single mom. She always gave me great advice. Of course the years separate people but I've never forgotten her kindness. Karola Reynolds Beahringer

Jeanine Cain

August 14, 2010

Debbie and Randy,
I don't have to tell you what your mom meant to me. I have been so blessed to have had two moms. There was my mom, Elsie and then my other mom, Betty. What a wonderful, fun loving mom she was. Betty was always for what ever us kids wanted to do. Whether it was a card tournament with the neighborhood kids, pool, basketball, trips to Minn., Lake Springfield, fixing our hair before a big dance, or just hanging out. She was always someone that we could talk to about anything, and we did and probably more than she wanted to hear. We have all been so blessed to have Betty in our lives.

Last week I made a surprise trip home. Just one week before her passing. I will never forgive myself for not stopping by to see Betty. I am so sorry. Betty is now in a better place having fun with you dad, probably fishing. Hope they have ran into my mom and are playing cards with her.

I sent a letter to the funeral home to be read at her services, but for some reason it was returned to my email with a wrong email address. I am so sorry that I was not with you today. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

So long Mom B., I miss you and can't wait to see you again. Give my mom a hug for me. Thank you for every thing. You are missed by all.

Love you,
Nean (Jeanine)

Tom Flemming

August 13, 2010

Randy, Debbie & Families sorry about the loss of your Mother. Betty & Howard were both good people and will be missed by anyone that knew them.

August 12, 2010

Randy and Debbie, and Families, I've Known Betty and Howard a Long time, 1st thru Uncle Carly and Aunt Elsie, and then in Come-Join-Us Class @ Elliott. I really appreciated her sense of fun and Humor! We have greatly missed both of them the last few years. I am Sorry to hear of her leaving us, but know God will be able to use her in Heaven. Sandy Rees Barnes

Debbie Grider

August 12, 2010

Randy and Sandi, I send my deepest sympathy for your loss. It is never easy losing a very close loved-one. Our parents and siblings are the hardest, too. May our Lord Jesus give you His peace and comfort.

Connie Wood

August 11, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of your grandmothers passing, just know that we are thinking and praying that you and your family will find some comfort at this most difficult time.

Leah Guffey Banister

August 11, 2010

Betty was a true cheerleader in every sense of the word. I can only imagine how many game night meals she fixed over the years but she always made it a great place to be after school!! She was a wonderful additional "grandma" in my world and now she can be with Howard as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Tuck Belton

August 11, 2010

Dear Randy,Debbie and children: My name is Tuck Belton and I knew your mom and dad from many years ago. I want to send my sincere sympathy to all of you. We used to have some great times playing cards,dancing and etc. I remember one of you was the same age of Jill, my daughter. God bles all of you in this time of sorrow.

Janet DeRosa

August 11, 2010

Debbie,Steve,Lorri & Lindsay, I am so sorry for the loss of Betty she was a wonderful woman. I have no words to ease your sorrow but know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Take Care, Janet DeRosa