Elizabeth ‘Bettie’ Walchuk

04/23/1922 — 03/18/2011

From Richland, WA, US | Born in New Britain, CT

Elizabeth ‘Bettie’ Walchuk

Michael and Elizabeth "Bettie" Walchuk of Richland, Michael, 89, passed away at his home Sunday, March 6, 2011 and Bettie, 88, passed away, Friday, March 18, 2011 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Michael was born August 26, 1921 in Spring Valley, New York to Joseph and Lena Walchuk. Bettie was born April 23, 1922 in New Britain, Connecticut to Adam and Wanda Kezek.

Michael was survived by his beloved wife Bettie, son Tom, sister Pearl Clouser, and grandson Michael McElroy. Elizabeth was survived by her son Tom, Brother Walter Kezek, and grandson Michael McElroy.

Both were preceded in death by their daughter Andrea McElroy.

Michael and Bettie were children of the depression and as such both had the common thread of hard times.

Michael left high school to join the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 30's, eventually joining the Army Air Corp during WWII. Bettie met Michael between the Conservation Corp and Army Air Corp and instantly fell in love and got married before Michael left for war.

Their proudest family moments were to see and know they raised two self sufficient children.

Michael loved to do woodwork in his shop. The furniture he made is still in great working condition in their house. Bettie loved to sew anything but was most passionate about quilts; she also loved to volunteer over at Kadlec. Bettie also loved to travel and after the first trip going alone Michael decided he was never going to miss another trip and fell in love with traveling too. Michael's favorite trip was when they traveled to the Great Wall of China.

An inurnment service for Bettie will be Monday, March 28, 2011 at Sunset Memorial Gardens where she will again be next to her loving husband.

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  • Tom, you have my sincere condolences on the loss of your parents.

    Glen Fryxell
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • John and I wish to convey our condolences in the loss of”Bettie”. We have now lost two of our oldest friends from New York.We will always remember our travels to Maine and than to Washington State.We will remember them always. John and Louise Rauner

    John & Louise Rauner
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Tom We are so sorry to read of your great loss. I still remember the apricots they gave me for jam some years back.

    Larry&Linda Servo

    Larry&Linda Servo
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Thoughts are with you Tom.

    Marie and Angie Porter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US