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08/26/1921 — 03/06/2011
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Spring Valley, NY
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.
Tommy I’m so sorry to hear your parents passed. I have been dealing with grief and loss of my own and wondered why I haven’t heard from them. Two special people that will be missed as I miss always Andrea.
Betty & Tom. Being a co-worker of Mike was an enjoyable experience. We shared a lot of jobs together and were able to laugh at each other. A fine man and friend, he will be missed greatly.
Betty and Son. John and I wish to convey our condolesence to you. We will always remember our friendship. I will always remember being in Maine and the show that you and I attended.This was the first and only time that I attended something like this. Our wonderful memories and our thoughts are with you always. Love, John and Louise
Aunt Betty and Tom. My deepest sympathy to you both. Remember all of the good times we had. May this comfort you. Uncle Mike was a great guy. He was always upbeat and funny no matter how he felt.
Love to you both
Linda and Peter
Tom, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss
Betty; bless you for all your care of Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Charlie & Mike Russell