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Betty A. Gifford, 73

Betty A. Gifford, 73, of Plum City, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire, with her family by her side.

Betty was born Jan. 18, 1943 on the Schladweiler family farm in the Ono area of rural Plum City. She was the daughter of Ervin and Elizabeth (Pelzel) Schladweiler. Betty grew up in the Ono area, went to elementary school at St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Plum City High School in 1960. After high school, Betty moved to the Twin Cities where she began her career in banking and then proceeded to North West Orient Airlines.

Betty married her best friend of six years, David J. Gifford, on Feb. 27, 1965 in the Twin Cities. After marriage, Betty continued working in the Twin Cities while living and farming with her husband in the Town of Union, rural Plum City. After the birth of their second child, Betty stayed home to raise her children and expanded her role on the family farm.

Betty enjoyed many hobbies, including canning the fruits and vegetables she raised in her gardens. Betty loved to throw parties and spend time with family and friends.

Betty is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dave; two children: Sue (fianc Dave Greenwell) Krumenauer of Cedarburg, and Dianna (Paul) Breen of Madison; two grandchildren: Kelsey and Sean; siblings: Karen Finstad of Ellsworth; Donna (Jack) Crow of Plymouth, Minn.; Gary (Julie) Schladweiler of Maiden Rock; and Linda (Mike) Rhiel of Plum City; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and son-in-law, Jeff Krumenauer.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation from 2 p.m. until the time of services at the church on Wednesday. A time of sharing will be held at Molly's after Mass.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at