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Bette J. Maneke

Bette Maneke of Portage, (formerly of Allegan) went to be with the Lord Friday, January 13, 2023 with her family by her side. Bette was born December 18, 1935 in Kalamazoo the daughter of Roy and Viola (Truax) Chamberlain.

Bette had worked at RS Electronics, Otsego and Jirgens Modern Tools from where she retired. Bette was a longtime active member of the Trowbridge United Methodist Church and for the last several years attended At The Masters Feet Church. Bette was an avid reader. In years past she enjoyed bowling and golfing. She excelled at knitting, quilting and sewing; she took much pride in making quilts, hats and mittens to donate to those in need. She was also an excellent cake maker of wedding cakes and for any special occasion.

On July 1, 1951 in Rodney, MI she married Gordon Maneke who preceded her in 2021.

Surviving are her daughters, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Brand of Parchment and Janice (Judy Dewane) Maneke of DeForest, WI; a granddaughter, Courtney Bailey; 2 great grandchildren, Chloe Vorva and Brandon Bailey; her brothers David and Roger (Bev) Chamberlain and several nieces and nephews.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, grandson Kryn Brand; sisters, Barbara Horn and Linda Keefer and brother Eugene Chamberlain.

Friends may meet with Bette’s family Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 11:00 A.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI. With Pastor Ray Brown officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Bette may be made to Corso Care Hospice.

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Stacy Maxam

January 14, 2023 at 6:39 pm

We will miss you Aunt Betty RIP.


George/Joyce Galloway

January 14, 2023 at 7:27 pm

Bette was a lovely person. We had a lot of fun at our bowling league, and enjoyed attending Trowbridge Church with her. She will be missed by all who knew her.


KarenLee Herron

January 14, 2023 at 10:32 pm

Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Love David and KarenLee


KarenLee Herron

January 14, 2023 at 10:33 pm

Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

with deepest sympathy


Cheryl Krause

January 15, 2023 at 9:58 am

Our sympathy and loving care for all of our friends of the Brand family.


Jean and Rick

January 15, 2023 at 11:00 am

So sorry for your loss please know our thoughts and prayers are with you


Shar Stockwell

January 15, 2023 at 11:56 am

So sorry for your loss. It is such a hard time, but we know now she is with the Lord.

Bless you and all of the family!


Linda Adair Matyas

January 15, 2023 at 3:23 pm

Kathy and Janice, sorry to you both for your loss. I am thinking of you and recalling our memories with you all at the lake.


Diane Swinehart

January 15, 2023 at 3:43 pm

Prayers for the Family I love them like family and Bette loved my little dog I enjoyed talking with her and she knitted Lilly a hat because she knew she needed one and that was recently! Jeff and Kathy were amazing with Bette . Blessed to have known Bette ❤️


Ken and Debbie Mellema

January 15, 2023 at 4:09 pm

Praying you through this hard time. May God give you peace in knowing that you will see your mom again. Love you guys.


Roslyn J Goodenough

January 16, 2023 at 10:56 am

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful, kind Christian woman. I feel honored to have known her.


Natalie Blonien

January 16, 2023 at 12:15 pm

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. As a friend of Judy and Janice’s, I know how much support and love was provided to Bette. Wishing you comfort and peace in this challenging time.


Tammy Brock

January 16, 2023 at 1:45 pm

Aunt Betty was one of a kind. You always knew where you stood with her. I loved her dearly. RIP Aunt Betty.


Micky Chamberlain

January 19, 2023 at 3:34 pm

Kathy and Janice and all of your Family and Friends please accept my deepest sympathy. The memories of both Bette and Gordon have been with me. I remember your Mom saving me a plate of Christmas Dinner when Annie was born and heating it up for me. I remember her being the best housekeeper ever. She called Percy Shoup and asked him to call Art and let him know I was job hunting. That was my first good job. Your Dad came over and demagnatized our first color TV. They came to all our kid’s graduations, my housewarming, Leah’s wedding. If there was a celebration, they were there. Your Mom made sweaters for all my babies and we always brought our babies to her on our way home. I could go on and on, there are so many memories. I will see Bette again some day in Heaven. I was truly blessed that she was my sister-in-law.


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