Betty Lina Rabren passed away on November 8, 2021, surrounded by her children. She was known as Mom, Mommy, and Oma, and was cherished by her children and grandchildren and will be dearly missed.
Betty was born in Horstein, Germany in 1941 during the early part of World War II. The war left a lasting imprint on her heart. She lived a life of gratitude and compassion that was evident to all who knew her. Her first job after the war was in a button factory, here she learned the value of working and developed an intrinsic motivation that served her well. In 1962, Betty met and married Bob Rabren. They had three children: Anita (Ron), Robert (Sharon), and Cristine (Craig).
Throughout her life, Betty reflected on the harshness of war but followed those stories with memories of her Mom and family, especially her sister, Luise, and Godmother, Lina. Betty truly lived the American Dream. She had a job that allowed her to provide for her children, buy a home, and travel to visit her sister. Some of her favorite memories were being able to visit Germany with her daughters and grandchildren.
Mom loved being around the dinner table, whether it was to share a meal or board games. She enjoyed dining out and buying everyone's meal. It made her feel good to be generous. She loved to laugh over your bad card hand or roll of the dice and was fiercely competitive when playing games.
Betty read her Bible daily. When she retired, she set a goal to read through the entire Bible and she did it, not once but four times. Betty lived her faith as a Jehovah's Witness. Mom is our roots to compassion and caring and she shared her desire to live by and read God's word. She is a Proverbs woman beyond understanding, she is the best! Mommy will be remembered for her faith, appreciation, generosity, compassion, love and sense of humor. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by Bob and is survived by her children, her dear sister Luise, brother-in-law, Henis and grandchildren, Charles (Caitlin), Chelsea (Kyle, fiance); great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews in Germany.