Betty (Bette) J. Wise Laudenberger, 72, of Sedalia, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center surrounded by her family.
She was born May 24, 1939, in Clear Creek, a daughter of the late Anthony M. and Regina “Jennie” (Knedgen) Felten. On June 18, 1994, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sedalia, she married Jerry Laudenberger, who survives of the home.
She was a graduate of La Monte High School. She began a 42-year career at KDRO radio station in 1959 as a secretary/traffic manager and later became general manager, the position from which she retired in 2000. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was active in the Daughters of Isabella where she currently served as treasurer. She held memberships in Sedalia Welcome Club, Letter Carriers Auxiliary serving as treasurer, and Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary where she was a buyer for the gift shop and in charge of special sales. She served as a poll worker for many years. She was a past Ambassador for the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce and had previously served on The Salvation Army Board and on the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Board. She was a past member of the Jaycee wives and Beta Sigma Phi.
She loved to travel and was always ready for a road trip. She enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center with her friends. She loved to bake and made countless loaves of zucchini bread to give away as gifts. She and Jerry spent long hours preparing Christmas candies to be given to friends and family. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, playing dominoes and was an avid NASCAR fan. She loved her cat, Nermal. She was a very good caregiver and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was extremely well-organized and always made her friends and family feel loved.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two brothers, Lyle Felten (Patty), of Sedalia, and Floyd Felten (Jean), of Independence; a sister, Gerrie Klenklen, of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Charlene Brown, and a brother-in-law, Donald Laudenberger, both of Sedalia; 10 nieces and nephews; a host of great and great-great nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Eddie Klenklen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Thursday, April 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Mike Volkmer officiating. Pallbearers will be Fred Smith, Mark Felten, Paul Dick, Donald Klenklen, Jeff Dick and Thomas Dick. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Friends may call after 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Prayers of the Rosary will begin at 4:30 p.m., with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a time of sharing memories beginning at 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Church or a charity of donor’s choice in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be offered online at http://www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.