Betty June (Sack) Vanderhoof
REED CITY — Betty June (Sack) Vanderhoof was born to William F. “Bill” and Florentina B. “Tina” Sack on Jan. 19, 1925, in Big Rapids. She peacefully passed away on June 28, 2017, at her residence in Reed City. She was married to Harley “Doug” Vanderhoof, who died on May 15, 2017.
As requested by Betty and Doug, a double memorial celebration will be take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Reed City. Visitation with the family is from 10 a.m. until the start of the service at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be provided by the UMC Women, while the family attends a military burial ceremony at Woodland Cemetery. The celebration will continue with stories of tribute and sharing of memories by their many friends and family during the luncheon. The gatherings of friends will continue later in the day at Nathaniel’s new house on the Hersey River. Doug and Betty will be there in spirit.
Betty’s older brother, Donald, and younger brother, William Jr., as well as her parents and husband, Doug, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Susan (Dale) Hannaly and John (Pam) Vanderhoof; grandchildren, Holly, Jennifer, Selvin “Ed,” Nathaniel and Christina; great-grandkids, Michael, Morgan, Cody, Ryan, Christian, Nicholas, Lillian, Matthew, Joseph, Douglas, Andrew and Vance.
Betty shared many fond memories from her childhood, including living near her cousins on Bridge Street in Big Rapids. The three family homes were like their own. Their free time was spent playing in the neighborhood. Carefree days included softball, swimming in the local pool and roaming the area with no thoughts of “bad” strangers. Life was great! Betty liked the idea of going to school so much that after an interview with the principal, she was able to start kindergarten at the age of 4-and-a-half.
In those early years, teachers were a big influence on Betty. Mary Hanchett and Dick Donley were two very special teachers she often mentioned. In middle school, Betty started playing the flute. Music was always in her home and she played at BRHS and CMU. Tina sang in the church and directed a choir. After graduating from Central, she began teaching math and English at Reed City High School. When she had to be the study hall teacher, she ran a tight ship. Betty enjoyed teaching, but she loved the students. Many students have told her family of her positive influence on them. She took some time off from teaching when both Susan and John were born. Many students and teachers stayed in touch with her and remained good friends. She had surgery on her vocal chords, tried to use a microphone and never got her normal voice back. Since she loved music, she helped with play productions, organized homecoming parades and beamed when Susan played the sax, John took up the trumpet and also was in “The Sound of Music” play. Betty and Mickie Hanzek taught math together for years! They took their kids to New Jersey one summer to study advanced math. Betty retired from teaching in June of 1981.
Betty married the love of her long life, Harley Douglas Vanderhoof, on Aug.12, 1950, at the United Church in Big Rapids. Susan and John remember Friday meals at Bill and Tina’s home just north of the airport in Big Rapids. Betty’s brother, Bill, and his wife, Rheta, and their sons, Bill, Don and Terry, were a big part of the family gatherings. Doug’s parents, Doug and Irene, also lived in Reed City and were a big part of Betty’s family. Irene enjoyed cooking Sunday dinner; visits were special.
Betty and Doug were retired for many more years than they had worked. They traveled to Germany and several other countries, took numerous cruises, but canceled a planned trip to Australia after 9/11.
Betty and her family loved the outdoors, whether it be camping, fishing or traveling. She enjoyed card games, bowling, reading, golfing and other outdoor sports. Betty and Doug spent the winters in Florida, and were active in the Reed City United Methodist Church, and recently spent much of their time reading. She especially enjoyed visiting with friends, even during her last days.
Betty was cremated, per her wishes. Their ashes will be combined and they will be buried together. Memorial gifts may be made to the Methodist Church’s Music Program or to the Reed City Library.