Betty Jane (Wackerman) Bazur

Betty Jane (Wackerman) Bazur

BETTY JANE (WACKERMAN) BAZUR, 91, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She and her siblings, Fran and Bill, were born and raised at the “General Store” in Homerville, Ohio. She attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and graduated from their Conservatory of Music as an accomplished floutist and pianist. It was there that she met the love of her life, Herb Bazur; he preceded her in death in 2012. On what would’ve been their 70th wedding anniversary, and having never recovered from the loss of Herb, he likely whispered into her ear, “Bett, I’ve been waiting five years for you– as patient as I can possibly be– now go break a leg!”. Following her hip fracture later that day, she was transported to Agrace Hospice, Madison, Wis., where she died surrounded by her family, by music, by humor, by story telling and by love.

Two days prior to her death, her six surviving children, Michelle, Jack, Kevin, Lori, Betsy, and Angie, with brother Brian (there in spirit) drove to the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability and dug her grave. When the last shovel of dirt was hoisted from the ground, a rainbow appeared. That rainbow was followed by more rainbows. Pulling back into Hospice, the final rainbow was vibrant and arced directly over Agrace Hospice. On Aug. 7, 2017, 31 children, grandchildren and great-children, gathered together at the Natural Path Sanctuary and all carried her and sang to her as she was so gently laid to rest, with Herb’s ashes lovingly placed in her hands. As the full moon rose later that night, the family, whether returning back to their homes by car, by air, or on foot, looked up and said “Good night, mom and dad. And thank you”.

The family would like to especially thank Jennifer Chadli, and her family, for giving their mother the most loving devotional care, in her home, for the past year. Forever the family will consider Jennifer, Halim, and their daughters, their extended family. They would like to thank Shed Farley of the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability along with Natural Path Sanctuary for providing a green, eco-friendly cemetery and for not shielding families from the naturalness of death and dying. “Shed, we know that your parents are making friends with our parents as they plan their next social justice event and/or protest, as they diligently write letters to political and religious leaders, and as they work to build bridges, not walls.” Lastly, thank you to Agrace Hospice for providing the Bazur family five beautiful days, in such lovely peace and quiet, to prepare their mom and each other for tucking the last of a generation to bed. “We will collectively step up and continue their good deeds.”

If inclined, memorials can be made in Betty’s name to any of the following: Shriners Hospitals for Children, The Gene and Linda Farley Center, Call to Action (Catholics for Equality and Justice), the Southern Poverty Law Center, or Agrace Hospice.