Elizabeth Ann “Betty Ann” Van Nuland of Appleton, aged 72, formerly of West Bend WI, passed into the loving arms of her savior on Sunday, May 13, 2018 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Appleton WI to Jacob and Verena (nee Berghuis) Van Nuland. She was preceded in death by her precious parents, beloved brother Richard Van Nuland, and special in laws Florence Van Nuland and Philip Salzman.
Betty Ann graduated from Tigerton High school in 1963 and later attended University of Wisconsin - Washington County to study writing. She was an avid poet and writer of comedy. No one appreciated a joke or laugh like she did! Betty Ann loved serving older adults in her West Bend church St Mary's Immaculate Conception’s Eucharistic Ministry program. Music, especially bluegrass, was a passion of hers and she often attended live concerts. Furthermore, she enjoyed being an active member of Washington County Musical Masquers for backstage, singing, and speaking roles. She was employed for 24 years with the Washington County print shop before retiring. Betty Ann served the AA and ACOA community for many years to help others help themselves through love and supportive acceptance. One of her biggest passions, however, was God's creation in nature and animal welfare. She prided herself on being a ‘cat lady’ as well as admiring wildlife through service projects and recreation. Betty Ann enjoyed spending time in parks looking for migratory birds and simply playing around, delighting in God's creation.
Betty Ann is survived by her loving daughters Lisa Fauster of Eagle WI (Andy Litkowiak), Shannon Kibler (Todd) of Clemmons NC, and Karen Ugarte (Martin) of Chicago IL; granddaughters Kellie Dossou Houegbe (Abraham-Arnaud) of Milwaukee WI and Sadie Coraline Kibler of Clemmons NC; and great grandsons Xacry and Jordan Meyer of Milwaukee WI. She also leaves behind her siblings who fiercely loved her and took kind care of her always, and especially in her final time: James Van Nuland, Joan and Donald Wetzel, Donald and Rita Zalewski, and RoseMary Salzman. She also leaves behind many special nieces and nephews and was a proud great aunt to many others.
Betty Ann's daughters would like to say a heartfelt and special thank you to their sweet Aunt Joan and Uncle Don Wetzel, and cousins Maria Davis and Ann Deckers for their selfless care of their sister and aunt in myriad ways during her illness.
A memorial service will take place at 11 am on Wednesday, May 30th, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N. McDonald St., Appleton, with Father James Lucas officiating. Friends may visit at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 am until 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, monetary memorial gifts will be accepted so a memorial bench can be placed at Horicon Marsh in Horicon National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate Betty Ann's life.