Sister Angela Betsch, 90, of the Sister of St. Francis, Oldenburg, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the convent.
Born Dec. 10, 1925, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of Antoinette (Peters) and Frank Betsch. She entered the convent Oct. 4, 1944, and made her final vows Aug. 12, 1950.
A teacher and principal, schools included St. Ann's, Hamilton, Ohio; St. Mary's, Middletown, Ohio; St. Bernard's, Taylor Creek, Ohio; Immaculate Conception, Old Monroe, Missouri; Sacred Heart, Troy, Missouri; Holy Trinity, Indianapolis; St. Anthony's, Streator, Illinois; and St. Joseph's, Tari, Papua New Guinea.
Sister Angela grew up in the Cumminsville area of Cincinnati and moved to White Oak later. She had fond memories of the family's Christmas and Easter celebrations during the Depression, recalling how they were taught to enjoy the simple things. Attending school in White Oak, she had many fond memories of the Sisters and priests who were her teachers, developing an appreciation of poetry, the classics, algebra and music. She would graduate from Colerain High School, recalling how a government representative spoke to her class about opportunities for girls to be typists, stenographers and file clerks. With "World War II looming on the horizon, the boys knew what they would be doing. I thought I'd try working as a typist, although it meant working in the downtown area of Cincinnati, which seemed to me to be miles away from home."
A relative drove Sister Angela downtown, where the eager graduate applied for a typist job and was accepted the same day. She spent 18 months there before thoughts of entering religious life began. Her older sister Mary had entered the novitiate program at the convent and she grew more intrigued as Mary shared her experiences. The family visited Mary often and eventually Sister Angela made the decision to enter the convent. She noted "What a full and fulfilling life followed!"
Preparing for her 70th Jubilee, Sister Angela noted, "I've lived a full life with happy memories of my novitiate years, challenging years working in the classroom and serving as principal, time spent as a nurse's aide at the convent, serving as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry at the Catholic Charities in Chicago and various positions at the Motherhouse. I say as so many have, 'For all that has been, thanks, Lord.'"
Sister Angela is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters Mary Franke, Ruth Howell, Frances Daulton, Alberta Wissel and Anita Zeinner and brothers Frank, Anthony and Edward Betsch.
Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 1-3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Timothy Babcock officiating. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036 (www.oldenburgfranciscans.org). Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on November 26, 2016