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Elizabeth Anne O'Connell DeBickero
Memorial Visitation is Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Memorial Mass is Friday, June 16, 2017, 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Church
Burial Location

“Betty” D Taught the Children Well

11 May 1936 ~ 6 June 2017

Smiling Betty was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend and so much more.  She was a women who loved life and embraced it fully.  Born to Irish immigrant parents, she grew up as one of seven children.  In 1960, she married James DeBickero and had three children: Michael, Kathe & Tom.  After graduating from St. Xavier University in 1959, she started her lifelong dream of teaching.  What did Betty teach?  She taught us to say yes to adventures, to have faith and trust in the goodness of people and laugh whenever possible. In fact, it is one of the things she loved most; to laugh.  She taught us cheeseburgers and fries are good for you, to have a positive attitude when facing life’s challenges and faith that it will all work out.  Betty taught us, like a tree, we need to take care of our roots and keep reaching for the sky.  She taught us to embrace the richness family and friends bring to your life and to all life choices; “Why Not?”  She will be deeply missed.  Visitation will be Thursday, 15 June 2017 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Adolf’s Funeral Home located 7000 South Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL.  The funeral mass will be held at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church at 10:00 am on Friday, 16 June 2017 located at 306 W 4th St, Hinsdale, IL.  The family welcomes you to join them for a “Celebration of Betty” on Friday, 16 June 2017 at Lake Hinsdale Clubhouse located at 501 Lake Hinsdale Dr, Willowbrook, IL 60527, from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Memorial donations in Betty’s honor may be made to Elm School PTO to continue the growth of her beloved Prairie Garden Classroom and promote her love of nature, science and outdoor learning.  Donations can be sent to Elm School 15W201 60th Street, Burr Ridge, IL  60527 Attn. Jeana Considine.


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