Bette C. (Wilcox) Ferg, age 87, of New London, formerly of Manawa and Waupaca passed into the Loving Arms of her Savior on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Appleton. Bette was born on April 7, 1931 in Royalton Township to the late Harry and Jeanie Wilcox. Bette was united in marriage to Franklin Ferg on May 7, 1949. Together, they operated the Lone Oak Swiss Farm with their prized registered Brown Swiss cattle. Bette’s love of baking and cake decorating led her to open her own bakery called Bette’s Lovin’ Ovens. She made hundreds of wedding cakes, birthday and special occasion cakes as well as dozens of Christmas Cookies. She could seldom go anywhere without someone coming up to her and saying “You baked my wedding cake or made by birthday cake.” She is survived by her six children whom she cherished: Thomas (Loretta) Ferg of Amherst Junction; Sandy Spierings of Weyauwega; Vicki (Kent) Gehrke of Hortonville; Pam (Kenny) Samson of Weyauwega; Jeanie (Perry) Patri of Manawa; and DeeDee Lowney of Manawa. She was blessed with many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and even Great-Great Grandchildren. She also seemed to attract lots of other children who weren’t related by blood but who were in need of a grandma. She loved each and every one of them dearly. She is also survived by a sister, Linda Ponto and a brother, Glen Wilcox, a sister-in-law, Kathy Wilcox; and three foreign exchange students. Bette was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Franklin Ferg; her son-in-law, Tom Lowney; her brothers, Everette, Russell, Roger, Calvin, and Robert Wilcox; and her sisters, Hazel Balthazor, Eva Bork, Dollie Bork, Ethel Dumbleton and Laurene Batten as well as many other family members and friends. A Celebration of her life and her new journey into everlasting life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Manawa, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Roger Nielsen, St. John’s Baldwin Mills officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held AT THE CHURCH on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Little Wolf Cemetery, Town of Little Wolf. We know that Bette loved flowers and plants but her compassion for others and love of all children moved her to request that any memorials go to: St. John’s Lutheran Church of Baldwin Mills; Fox Valley Children’s Hospital, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Dear Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Great-Great Grandma, No one was ready to let you go but your Loving Savior decided your work here on earth was done. You received a divine call for an incredible, eternal job offer…a promotion like none other. Your Heavenly promotion comes with a huge sign-on bonus. You will have endless time with your Heavenly Father and with family and friends you haven’t seen in some time. You now have 100% job security. Your new position offers endless opportunities to gaze on all of God’s wonderful creations and creatures, to bake cakes and cookies, to garden and sew, and to listen to His heavenly music. You will be in a place where Joy, Laughter, Love, Peace and Contentment are guaranteed. You left us with so many treasured memories and we will cherish all of those special times with you. Your unwavering Faith has been such an inspiration. You set a wonderful example for living life devoted to God’s Word and doing his work. You taught us what it means to be truly loved. You had an amazing gift of drawing others to you – those in need of a hug, a word of encouragement, a lecture, a second-chance, or cookies or a piece of cake. Your recipes for life and baking will linger on and be shared with love for generations to come. It breaks out hearts to have to say goodbye but you did not go alone. A part of You lives on in each of us and in all the lives you’ve touched. How very, very blessed we have been to have had you in our lives. We will shed many tears and feel much sorrow but we also rejoice knowing that you are in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. With Eternal Love and Gratitude, Your Family. We offer up special thanks to …
The staff and physicians at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Appleton for the compassionate care Mom received. The staff of the Washington Center in New London. Mom loved living there and she flourished because of all the time, attention, and care you provided to her. Wendy Peterson and families and Annie and Jessie Wiegert for all you did for mom. You may not be family by birth but you certainly became family through love. To Pastor Roger and Alice Nielsen and the congregation at St. John’s Lutheran Church for welcoming and embracing her into your church family.
To Jen Jackson and her daughter, Emma, and also Katie Winkler, for all of the special care and comfort you bestowed on Mom during her last days. Your love and devotion helped to ease her transition. We are so thankful for your medical expertise and the efforts to help us better understand what was happening with Mom. The strength, knowledge and compassion you imparted truly confirms that there are angels among us.
St. Paul Lutheran Church -Manawa
750 Depot Street Manawa, WI 54949
Also from 9:30 until the time of the service on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the church.