1934 ~ 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother better known as “Granny”.
Betty was born on July 25, 1934 and grew up in Seven Sister Falls, MB. This is where she met and married her love Gabe Durocher. They moved to White Mud Falls before settling in Great Falls, MB where they raised their 2 sons Guy and Bob. After Gabe’s passing, Betty remarried Alvin Stark and spent many years enjoying their beautiful home in Poplar Bay. After Alvin’s passing in 2013, Betty relocated to Park Manor in Lac du Bonnet where she enjoyed her view of the lake and her condo friends.
Family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the most important part of her life. She loved watching them play hockey and baseball and spent time teaching them to crochet and bake.
Betty enjoyed gardening and spent a lot of time in her flower beds and vegetable garden. She looked forward to blueberry and strawberry picking every year. She would make homemade pies, all sorts of treats and care packages to give to her family and friends.
Betty also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, puzzles and bowling. She enjoyed her time working at Dancyt’s Foods in Lac du Bonnet for 12 years where she loved the interaction with customers. She spent a lot of time volunteering in the Great Falls and the Lac du Bonnet communities where her witty sense of humour will be missed.
Betty is predeceased by her parents Edward and Emelia Kretschmer, her husband Gabriel Durocher, her son Guy Durocher, husband Alvin Stark, brothers Walter and George Kretchmer and sister-in-law Florence.
Betty leaves behind her son Bob Durocher (Brigitte), grandchildren Michel (Lauren), Melissa (Remy), Kristin (Jay), Remi and Raymond and great-grandchildren Alex, Mya, James, Jackson, Payton, Taylor and Remi. She will be missed by sister-in-law Esther Kretchmer and many nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank the staff at Sunnywood Manor PCH in Pine Falls, MB for their excellent care and compassion during her stay.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Diabetes Canada.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, River Hills, Manitoba.
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Gail Conrad Davey
Sorry to hear of Betty’s passing-always enjoyed a visit with her and appreciated her sense of humour. RIP Betty.
Shirley Gray, Sherry, Cory and Carrie
I have always enjoyed Betty’s company and will miss her quiet voice over the phone, laughing about some silly occurrence in mine or her life or expressing her joy about her garden vegetables and flowers. I am sure God has a special place for her in heaven above. May her spirit live among her children forever.
We send our deepest sympathies to the family of Betty Durocher. She always had a smiling face and we miss her at our suppers and jam sessions.
She will be missed by the members of St. Paul Lutheran, River Hills.
Dennis & Grace Patterson
Sad to hear of Betty’s passing. Always had a yearly telephone conversation around Christmas. Such a beautiful lady.
Rosalie & Dennis Lofstrom
Our deepest condolences to Betty’s family, a very friendly lady indeed… Dennis & Rosalie
So sad to hear of my Auntie Betty’s passing. She was my favourite Aunt and she will be missed immensely ❤️ RIP beautiful soul
Monique and Frank Hawranik
Mrs Durocher made the best birthday cakes when we were kids, with pennies inside. Very nice lady. She will be missed. Hugs to the family.
So sorry to hear of Bettys passing.I have some nice memories of her.My deepest sympathies to her family.
We always enjoyed visiting with Betty! She was always full of humor and caring. James was grateful for the friendship she had with Jame’s mother Hilda. Rest in Peace dear Betty.
Cousin Delphine Jones
Sorry to read of Betty’s passing…………….. My brother, Richard T and I had lunch with Betty and Alvin in Lac du Bonnet within the last ten years. Pleasant time talking about bygone days………….
Unfortunately, Rich passed away in Jan. 2021
Grant & Pat Born
Deepest condolences to the families. “Mrs. Betty” was a true Friend & neighbor in Poplar Bay. Rest in Peace.
So sorry to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. Sincere condolences to all of her family.
Eleanor (Doan) Snitka