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Betty Pretzsch

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 1:49 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Betty Jo Pretzsch of Princeton died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Liberty Village in Princeton.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1927, in Carmi, Ill., to Berniece and Earnest Kornegger. She graduated from Crossville High School and the University of Illinois.

She was married to Donald Pretzsch from June 1950 until his death in December 2009. She was a former teacher and librarian at Ohio, Ill., High School. She was very involved in the Princeton community and her volunteer activities included the League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. Betty and Don combined their interest in travel and learning by attending many Elderhostels and were able to see much of the world during their retirement years.

She is survived by sons Ed Pretzsch (Judy Watson) of Falls Church, Va., and Tim Pretzsch (Dona Miller) of Evanston, Ill. Survivors also include her three sisters, Mildred Worthey of Moultrie, Ga., Ferris Scarlett of Crossville, Ill., and Jean Patterson of Broomfield, Colo. She also leaves behind sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Nov. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton with visitation at 10 a.m. and a celebration of her life following at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in Carmi, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Friends of the Princeton Public Library.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the friends and relatives who helped Betty during her brief illness.

The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is assisting the the family. Online condolences may be left at

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