Elizabeth Rose “Betty” (Burre) Neill, 87, residing in Erie County Care Facility, Huron, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, after an extended illness.
She was bornJune 13, 1921, in Sandusky. She worked for Philco Corp., Sandusky, until its closing and was a member of the Philco 10 Plus Club. She was employed as a supervisor in the main cafeteria at Ohio Veterans Home, retiring in 1986 after 20 years of service. She held memberships in the ladies auxiliaries of AMVETS Post 17, VFW Post 2529 and American Legion Post 83. She was a lifelong member of St. Stephen United Church of Christ in Sandusky.
Mrs. Neill’s real life’s work was unselfishly concentrating on the loving, happiness and nurturing of her entire family’s physical and spiritual needs. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will fondly remember the holidays and other occasions made special by her mere presence. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her entire family as often as possible.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Corky Neill of Castalia; one daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Harry Thompson Sr., of Sandusky; three grandchildren, Beth Ann (Kevin) Wagner of Bellevue, Jennifer Lynn (Gregg) Eschedor of Wellington, Ohio, and Harry “Butch” Thompson Jr. of Sandusky; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon M. Thompson, Jennifer M. Thompson, Samuel and Nathaniel Wagner, and Danielle M. and Jonathan E. Eschedor, Richard Neill and Kimberly Hobs; one great-great-grandchild, Jackson M. Brown; several sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all she loved and the many who loved her in return.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas G. Neill Sr. in May 1988; one son, William “Billy” at age 5 in October 1949; her parents, Adam and Muriel (Ommert) Burre; and one brother, Robert Burre.
Friends may call 2-4 and6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, with Pastor Liz Proudfoot officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.