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Betty Freida (Maske) Feyen

September 22, 2020 | 6 comments

On Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the age of 95 Betty Freida (Maske) Feyen, of Onalaska WI, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 6, 1925 to Bertha (Dahlke) and William Maske. Betty was raised in Chaseburg by her grandparents Mary and William Dahlke since her mother Bertha had passed away shortly after childbirth. While taking classes in La Crosse she met Raymond Feyen. They were married on January 18, 1943 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in La Crosse.

Betty and Ray lived a short time in California while Ray was in the army, before moving back to La Crosse where they began raising their family. In her early years Betty worked at the Garment Co. and Northern Engraving. Then she began her employment at the UW La Crosse Whitney Center, working as a breakfast cook for over 20 years until her retirement. Betty enjoyed golfing with her friends at Hillview golf course even earning herself bragging rights by hitting a hole-in-one.

After Ray and Betty both retired they became snowbirds and began their life of leisure camping throughout the country, making many long lasting friends. When they gave up snow-birding they set roots in Onalaska, where they spent time with family and friends. Betty and Ray were very thankful to have celebrated 76 years together. Betty also enjoyed watercolor painting, puzzles, playing cards, sewing, mending, and often making homemade gifts for family and friends. Throughout her long life she was a friend to many with her forever generous and kind spirit. Betty would always say “don’t ever lose the kid in you”. Always taking life in stride, even in her last few days she was an inspiration to all with her graceful acceptance of God‘s plan for her, asking for her prayer books and her list of names of the people she prayed for every day. She will be sadly missed.

Betty is survived by her 6 children, Patricia (Gary) Ellenz-Schultz of La Crosse, Mary (Dennis) Herbeck of Grand Forks ND, Linda Bundy of Onalaska, Jeanne La Fleur of Onalaska, William (Debra)of La Crosse, and Edward (Sandy) of La Crosse; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband Ray, a granddaughter Theresa Ann Ellenz and grandson Michael M Ellenz.

The family is very appreciative and thankful for the loving care and attention that the Gundersen hospice nurses gave to Betty.

A memorial service will be held in Betty‘s honor on Friday, September 25 at 4:30 at the Prairie Room at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. Due to COVID-19 there will be no visitation. However,if you’d like to join us for the service please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Deacon Robert Zietlow will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Gundersen Hospice in Betty’s name.

To veiw Betty’s memorial video, click here





  1. Dennis Herbeck

    Betty was always kind and gracious to me, even though i took her daughter Mary to Grand Forks in 1967 and still have her. You will be missed.

    • Dianna Thackeray

      I only met Betty a year ago when I became a friend and neighbor of her daughter Jeanne’s. We sat in the yard and chatted and I took a liking to her immediately. Her smile was warm, friendly and sincere.

      I know she will truly be missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

      May you rest in peace Betty.

  2. Jane Seeger

    Betty will be missed, but fondly remembered. She was a great friend and a woman of faith and caring. She brought great joy into my life, as she did to many.

  3. Danielle Mazza

    Dear Pat, Jeanne and all the family, our sincere sympathy on the passing of your loving, gentle and kind mother, Michael’s grandmother, Brittany’s great grandmother and Isla, Evie and Brie’s great great grandmother. I cherished our talks and loved to visit with Great Grandma (and Great Grandpa) Feyen who always remembered their great/grandchildren’s birthdays which was in it’s own a full-time job! I hope that I can be half as wonderful of a loving grandmother as she. I’m deeply saddened to hear of her passing but knowing that she had a long and fulfilling life with Ray and her family shows how truly blessed she really was. Great Grandma and Great Grandpa extend your hugs to Michael and watch over your loving family. Grandma Feyen will be dearly missed. With Love, Danielle, Terry & Family and Brittany, Matt and Family

    • Renee Stolpa (Megan's mom)

      Pat and family, sincere sympathy to you. What an inspiration for your parents in their long blessed marriage. She indeed had a loving, caring smile. God Bless

  4. Carol Oldenburg

    Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Betty, a dear gentle and fun-loving lady. We fondly remember her (and Ray) on the times we happened to see them. Your family would come to Aunt Irene and Uncle Albert’s farm and on occasion we would happen to be there and always had nice visits. Cherish all the memories you have of your folks. They live on in your hearts forever.

    (Just by way of knowing who we are — Irene was Dad’s sister and we had the farm across the valley from the Dahlke farm. We often helped each other out with farm work such as haying and tobacco harvest. We keep in touch with Ron and Marlys and often the conversation would lead to “how are Ray and Betty doing?”)

    Lawrence Oldenburg and daughter Carol


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