Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 9, 2013

Betty R. Bickel

TRAVERSE CITY — Betty R. Bickel, age 87, passed away on July 2, 2013, at Tendercare in Suttons Bay. Betty was born on Dec. 11, 1925, to Floyd and Mable (Conway) Ingersoll in Lake City.

She graduated from Lake City High School in 1942 and on Sept. 11, 1945, she married Melvin Bickel, who preceded her in death in 1983.

Betty is survived by four sons, Gary (Shirley), of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, Bruce (Kathy), of Grawn, Clark (Dorothy), of Riverview, Fla., and Kent (Marlene), of Traverse City; her brother, Leon (Ann) Ingersoll, of Cheboygan; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Guy Besey.

Betty resided for over 60 years on Duck Lake Peninsula, where she would make daily walks around the peninsula (sometimes twice a day), and she enjoyed working crossword puzzles. She served as Chairman of Elections in Green Lake Township for 30 years.

Cremation has taken place.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Michigan Chapter, 921 West 11th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Tendercare of Suttons Bay and Hospice of Michigan for their compassionate care of Betty.

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Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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