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Celebration of Life

Gun River Conservation Club
Saturday August 13th, 2022
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Betty Jean Ahlberg

Betty Jean Ahlberg, age 87, of Shelbyville, MI, passed away in her sleep May 30, 2022, at her home in Michigan. Betty was born November 22, 1934, to Basil and Leora (Robar) Kershaw.

On September 8, 1951, Betty was married to Don Ahlberg, and they fell just three months shy of being married for sixty years at the time Don passed. Betty and Don have four children, Don (Linda) Ahlberg of Altamonte Springs, FL, Pat (Bill) Shannon of Plainwell, MI, Joanne Ahlberg-Luce of Martin, MI, and Dave (Karen) Ahlberg of Debary, FL.

Early on in their marriage, Betty and Don ran the Friendly Store [now known as Third Base] for Wally Winstrum. In 1957, they moved to Las Vegas, NV, where Don had been offered a job as Head Cashier at the Monte Carlo. Las Vegas wasn't the life they chose for long and they returned to Plainwell.

During her lifetime, Betty was a Nursing Assistant at the Plainwell Sanitarium; a Clerk at the Allegan County Courthouse; and then a bail bondswoman. She and Don then bought what was then known as Hiltz Store on East Bridge Street, Plainwell, renaming it Eastside Grocery. Her last job was as a Real Estate Agent.

Betty and Don traveled extensively, mostly in the U.S., enjoying train trips, cruises, seeing amazing wonders like the Grand Canyon, and Mt. Rushmore.

Betty was stylish and loved getting out and looking her best. She loved to play bridge, cribbage, cards of any kind, and loved to read. She was a good cook. She enjoyed her friends and socializing. She drew her family home to celebrate the special days of life, or any day was a good reason to her. She was a good person — Friend, wife, mother [a surrogate mother to many], and sister. To her last days, she could hold her own — Strong, smart, stubborn, loving, compassionate, with common sense leading her decisions.

Betty is survived by a sister and a brother, Beverly Hughes of Florida; and Basil (Donna) Kershaw of Florida. Grandchildren, Billy, Angela, Aaron; Nicholas, Nathan, Marc, Jerry, Lara; John, Leah, and Rachael. Great Grandchildren, Jamie, Kyle, Sarah; Dalton, Landen; Breanna, Kenleigh, Quinn, Amara, Jonathan, Dominic; Isaiah, Madden, Charlie, Walker, Bella, and Navy; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will take place on August 13, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. at the Gun River Conservation Club, 689 11th Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Betty’s guestbook and/or share a memory with her family.

The Ahlberg family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080. 269-685-5881

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Patty, Jo-Jo, Donny, & Dave,
So surprised, saddened, and sorry to have lost Betty from our world. Of the many friends who became part of my life through marriage to Larry, Don and Betty and their family were favorites. Many fond memories.. So grateful to have shared their friendship. Sending you my love.

Patsy Nyberg Jun 27 2022 9:04 PM

Sad to see Betty pass. What a wonderful, selfless woman. First time we met her was several years ago.. she was having a superbowl party at fer FL home.. we were guests of David and Karen,, very special friends and Betty insisted on us sleeping in her bed while she slept on the couch. She didn\'t even know us at that point. Loved every visit and will miss her dearly. Deepest Sympathy to David and the family.

Keith & Georgia Lesh Jun 12 2022 6:46 AM

Don, Pat, Joanne and David,
My heart hurts...I am so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. You know how special you all are to me! Your parents always had a special place in my life and my heart! 💕 I am holding you all close as you travel this journey. Many hugs and my sincerest sympathies. Joyce

Joyce Jun 8 2022 4:42 PM

Donny, Patty, JoJo and David. I was saddened to hear about your Mom. She was a very special lady as I know you are all aware. She was kind, funny, caring and a real spitfire. I always loved running into her because I would get a hug that made me feel happy and warm like a favorite blanket I guess is how I would describe it. It would bring back great memories of our childhood. I know you will miss her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sandy Norris Jun 3 2022 8:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Ahlberg

Howard and Judy stull Jun 3 2022 4:51 PM

To the Ahlberg family - So sorry to hear about your Mom. Such a hard time. Sending prayers and thoughts to all of you.

Kay Wiersma Jun 3 2022 2:50 PM

Dear Don, Patty and JoJo,

So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was on of those people who’s smile lit up the room and always made you feel welcome and happy to see you. Prayers going out to you all and your families. Hoping the family stories you will be sharing will lighten your heavy hearts.

Hugs and prayers,

Dave and Karen Howrigon Jun 3 2022 10:34 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Ahlberg

Kathy, Waylon, Kalea, Reagan, Remi and Beau Jun 2 2022 4:42 PM

To Betty’s Family, We will always remember all the Wednesday nights our group went out to eat. We had such a good time. She will always be missed. Rest In Peace Betty. 💕

Bones & Nancy Cardiff Jun 2 2022 7:33 AM

Dear Don, Patty, Joann, and family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Her kindness and loving spirit is reflected through you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Mike and Pat Champion

Mike and Pat Champion Jun 1 2022 10:37 AM