Obituary of Betty Bogenschneider Kaul
Betty Kaul, age 74, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, from an apparent heart attack. She was born on Jan. 29, 1930, the oldest daughter of Herbert and Amanda Bogenschneider. She was united in marriage for 46 years to Elton Kaul on Nov. 29, 1952.
In her younger years, Betty worked at a dress shop in Mayville and later on as a preschool assistant in Waupun, where they lived most their married life. She currently was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by two children, a son, Brian; and a daughter, Karen (Randy) Schultz; two grandchildren, Laura and David; a sister, Bonnie (Bob) Block; and a brother, Allan (Mary) Bogenschneider. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Elton, who passed away on Jan. 2, 1999; her parents; and a sister, Marian (Bob) Binney.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Boulevard, the corner of Midvale Boulevard and Tokay Boulevard. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to your favorite charity. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service, 3610 Speedway Road. (608)238-3434.
Eulogy composed by Bonnie Bogenschneider Block, Betty's sister:
Betty's unexpected death makes it hard to focus on what her life meant to us because we are still so preoccupied with her sudden death.
But we do remember Betty as a caring, personable, family oriented woman. She listened to others with great care and remembered what they told her. She related to her family with care and kept in regular touch with all of them by phone. She was careful in keeping up her home. She cared about her country and she cared about her faith.
She was always involved in the congregations she belonged to in Hartford, Fox Lake, Waupun, Madison, and Sun Prairie. Her first job was at a dress shop in Mayville, but she had a special spot in her heart for children and was part of Sunday School, mid-week and vacation Bible school programs for years.
When her own children were grown, she got her GED and went on to become certified as a pre-school assistant and then worked in that field. After Elton retired they moved to Madison to be closer to family. Betty did regular daycare for both of her grandchildren and as they got older was still in close contact. (In fact, Betty and Laura talked daily.)
She was born at the beginning of the great depression and learned the lesson of frugality. She lived modestly and without ostentation. She weathered the difficulties of life with careful concern. Elton was called to military service in Korea shortly after their marriage and she suffered a miscarriage. She worried about Elton's work as a prison guard. Later there was his illness and death from cancer. But she was grateful that before his illness they had a few years to spend winters in Arizona or Florida.
Betty adjusted to widowhood and making her way alone. She made new friends. She attended to her mother in Amanda's final years at an assisted living facility in Sun Prairie. (Ironically, Betty's funeral today is exactly one year after Amanda's.)
However, Betty's favorite thing was to relax and enjoy time with relatives and friends. She like conversations, music, ballroom dancing, and playing cards. She liked to travel and was looking forward to doing more of it. She had joined the Red Hat Society, was involved with programs at the Colonial Club Senior Center and regularly attended services and a Bible study class at Bethlehem Lutheran in Sun Prairie.
Betty's sudden passing reminds us of the fragility of life and the need to, like her, be always ready to listen to each other with care and to enjoy our time together here in this life before we are called to that next life in eternity.
Bonnie Block, sister