Elizabeth A. "Bettiann" Weeks, 74, of Sandusky, passed away unexpectedly early Monday evening, May 6, 2013, at her home.
She was born Sept. 20, 1938, in Sandusky, daughter of the late Bernard Eugene and Janice Augusta (Grahl) O'Reilly. Bettiann was a 1956 graduate of Sandusky High School and received her bachelor's degree from Capital University and her master's degree from Ashland University.
Bettiann was the devoted wife of Colonel John Weeks for 51 years. She was a cherished friend, committed community volunteer, and champion of the Sandusky area. An avid reader, Bettiann was an enthusiastic patron of the arts, and a seasoned traveller.
As a life long member of, and active participant in Zion Lutheran Church, Bettiann holds the distinction of becoming the first female president of the congregation. In addition, she served within the church as a member of the Alter Guild, the Saturday Worship Healing Team, and as a Bible Study leader.
At the request of the pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Bettiann audited the Catholic Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes to offer her input. She also attended the Catholic diaconate formation program with her husband Deacon John Weeks, who was ordained to the Order of Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo in 2006. Through these and other ecumenical efforts, she helped foster a closer relationship among the Sandusky Catholic and Lutheran communities.
A veteran teacher, Bettiann was employed most recently by Perkins Local Schools. Earlier in her career, she taught in Okinawa, Japan. Bettiann taught across America in widely divergent school settings which included suburban, rural, city and inner city settings. In Ohio, Bettiann taught in Toledo, Brooklyn, Sandusky, and Perkins Township. She taught in Jacksonville, N.C., and Onslow County, N.C., as well as Albany, Ga., and Lee County, Ga. She also taught in the inner city of Camden, N.J.. Bettiann was a passionate child advocate whose career spanned nearly 50 years.
Bettiann served on the Board of Cancer Services of Sandusky from 2008 to the present, committing herself to their mission by working on numerous committees and events. She was an active volunteer for the American Legion, American Veterans, Kiwanis and Rotary. She worked tirelessly and selflessly for the interests of others.
Honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Rotary Club of America, Bettiann served in a variety of Rotarian efforts and relief societies. She was a dedicated participant in the Foreign Exchange Student and Group Student Programs, welcoming students from around the world to our community. Bettiann cherished and maintained close life long relationships with Caio Peres and Angela Bottin, both from Brazil, whom she originally hosted as part of the Rotary Foreign Exchange Program. Bettiann further promoted international goodwill by fostering foreign students working at Cedar Point.
At her request, there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place.
To celebrate Bettiann’s life and contributions, a Memorial Service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 13, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. John Mawhirter will officiate. Interment will be later in Meadow Green Cemetery, Huron.
The family suggests that donations be sent in her honor to Capital University c/o of Richard Adiansingh, 1 College Main St., Columbus, OH, 43209, and to Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870
Arrangements are entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Bettiann's family at davidfkoch.com.