Betty J. Wolek
Betty J. Wolek
  • June 5, 1926 - March 3, 2014
  • Johnson City, Illinois

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Betty June Wolek passed away on March 3, 2014, at the age of 87, she was born to Beulah and Elmer Carter on June 5, 1926 in Johnston City, Illinois. Betty was one of seven children and grew up in the Chicago area where she met the love of her life, Edwin Wolek, Sr. They married in 1945 while Ed was serving in the U.S. Army. In 1959, Betty and Ed moved from Chicago to Madeira Beach, Florida along with their three boys. Life on the beach was great, but they decided to move the family to Orlando in 1960 where Ed began a successful sales distributorship. From then on, Orlando was their home. When Betty decided to go back to work she started in shoe sales at Ivey's Department Store and then Gibbs-Louis. She later made a career change and worked for many years at Sun Bank in College Park until retiring in 1986.

Retirement led to spending summers in Linville, North Carolina. Finding a little mountain house, making renovations, spending time with close friends and family - she loved it. Betty and Ed traveled there most every summer until Ed's passing in 2003.

Betty was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Betty loved to dance! Many evenings were spent dancing to records played on the hi-fi in their small living room. She was quick witted, a straight shooter and never met a stranger. Betty had a generous heart and kind spirit. She was everyone's mom, opening up her heart to all of our friends. She was the 'fun' Mom. Our house was the house one everyone wanted to come to. All the kids wanted to play there ''' and stay there. Cousins and friends and grandparents and aunts and uncles from up North would come for weeks at a time. And if you asked our cousins, they'd all say she was the aunt that everyone looked forward to seeing. Her grandchildren were often heard announcing "My Gram is cool!!"

Betty was married for 58 years to Ed, who preceded her in death. Mary Karnath, her sister, survives. However, her sisters Sylvia Wareing, Veda Hance, Shirley Whiting Billie Izbicky and one brother, Glenn Carter, all have preceded her in death.

Betty's family that survives her are: son Vincent and wife Blanca of Orlando; son Edwin and wife Judy of Longwood; and, son Peter and wife Mary of Lake Oconee, Georgia. Her Grandchildren were the light of her day: Nathan Wolek, Pamela Monget, Dayna Healy, Michael Wolek, Julie Mueller, Kristen Wolek and Stephen Wolek. And she was also blessed with seven Great-grandchildren: Bethany and Penny Wolek; Garrett and Madeline Healy; and Eliott and James Monget. Extended family grandchildren include: Melissa Cuadra, Richard Suarez, Jennifer Johns Evans, and Chris Johns.

Betty was fun-loving, full of laughs, and brought much joy to those around her. At one time she said she wanted to be remembered as a "Good 'Ole Gal". And that she was indeed.

May our Lord hold you in His loving arms, Mom, until we see you again!

The Family will receive friends Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the CAREY-HAND COX PARKER FUNERAL HOME, Winter Park, Florida.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:30 am with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at:
Officiating: Father Augustine Clark, Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Music: "Be Not Afraid' ~ "How Great Thou Art" ~ "Sweet Beulah Land' ~ "On Eagles' Wings"
Pallbearers: Nathan Wolek ~ Michael Wolek ~ Stephen Wolek ~ William Healy ~ John Dumas ~ Lonnie Mettel
Interment: Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Florida