Betty A. Blackman

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Betty A. Blackman

April 19, 1925 - March 31, 2019

Betty A. Blackman Betty A. Blackman
Betty A. Blackman, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center.
Betty was born in Milwaukee, April 19, 1925, to Wesley and Edna (Schroeder) Walker. They lived in White Fish Bay, Wis., until Betty was 13 and her father was transferred to Stevens Point, Wis., while working for the telephone company. Betty finished her education there, notably being the first girl to play on the tennis team. She didn't get to play any official matches, but she started breaking down the barriers.
It was in Stevens Point, that Betty became reacquainted with an older high school classmate and handsome Navy veteran, Ed Blackman. Ed and Betty were married July 26, 1947, when Ed was attending college in Stevens Point. They soon moved to Madison, Wis., where Ed finished his degree in pharmacy, while Betty made a home for them in Badger Village and soon their first child was born.
After their years in Madison, Betty and Ed moved first to Westby and then Thorp, Wis., eventually settling in La Crosse, where they raised their five children and stayed for the next 65 years.
Betty was a wonderful mother and role model. She was a stay-at-home Mom, but rarely stayed at home. She volunteered at her children's schools, clubs and at church. As her children grew, she became more active with her own interests, particularly at the golf course, as Betty decided to learn to golf since her husband played. This hobby allowed them to spend time together on the weekends and they enjoyed that time very much, playing into their 80s.
Betty is survived by her children, Phil (Kathi) Blackman, Patricia (David) Carpenter, Peggy (Bob) Anderson, Judy Meinking and Sue Hauser. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Scott Blackman, Stephanie and Steven Blackman, Ryan (Tracy) Anderson and Kevin Anderson, Luke Hembd (Ashley Halverson), Harry (Kari) Meinking and Tessa (Davis Littlejohn) Meinking, Mike (Caitlyn) Hauser and Tony (Rachel) Hauser; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Anderson, Lillian and Daisy Meinking and Marley and Aubree Littlejohn.
In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; sisters, Mary Somers and Nancy Neuman; sister-in-law, Darlene Monson; and son-in-law, Rich Hauser.
While Betty loved a good party, she preferred not to be the center of attention, so requested a private family service which will be held at a later date.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to thank the staff at Hearten House II and the staff at Bethany St. Joe for their kind and compassionate care.
Published on April 7, 2019
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3 posts

Scott Blackman
Apr 18, 2019
Goodbye Grandma, I'm really going to miss you.
Russell Peterson
Apr 07, 2019
I'm sorry to see that your mother has passed. I used to live close to you all as a kid. we lived in the house on the corner of George & Hayes Street that was torn down to make the bow hunting store. I remember as a kid playing with Phil, Jeff Graves, the Blum boy Rick, Steve Swanson, and I remember the Ross's and Judy, and Susie.
That was a long time ago but still I have memories of those years. And they were good ones! I now live in Louisiana near New Orleans but some day I will return to LaCrosse. But you all have a family for leaning on each other and the that's a
great thing to have. God Bless you all!
Dan & Lori Geary
Apr 07, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Happy memories will help you through your loss and sorrow.