Elizabeth Catherine, “Bette” Welling, 84, of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling.
Bette was born May 7, 1930, in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Arthur and Jessie (Dougherty) Burkhard. She was a member of St. Michael Parish, Wheeling; the Christian Mothers Association at St. Michaels; and was a classroom volunteer at the Easter Seals Society for Crippled Children Center for over 20 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Welling, in 2007; and a sister, Mary Martha “Marty” Burkhard, in 2008.
Bette is survived by her four children, Robert “Rob” Welling and his wife, Marla, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Scott Welling and his wife, Roberta, of Elm Grove, Beth McCormick and her husband, David, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Marie Welling of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Patti Poindexter of Wheeling, and Sarah “Peggy” Core of Dearborn, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Eric and Justin Welling, Kathleen Margraf, Michael and Kelly McCormick, and Sarah and Meagan Welling; five great-grandchildren, C.J., Kellan and Kaylee Margraf, Isabella Welling, and Landon Kazemka. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, including one very special nephew, Robert Gessler, who watched over her daily needs and was her guardian angel on earth.
Bette was the kind of person who would do absolutely anything for anyone. At only 13 years old, she saved her cousin, Chuck Burkhart, from drowning during an outing at a local pool. Had it not been for Bette’s quick thinking and caring nature, her favorite cousin would not have survived.
Bette was very devoted to her family and dearly loved her seven grandchildren. She enjoyed caring for others, shopping for bargains, making chocolate chip cookies weekly for her family, friends and neighbors, and taking care of her beautiful flower gardens. She took great pride in keeping her house tidy and making sure everyone was fed. Never would she sit long enough at a meal to actually be able to eat it.
Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where a rosary service will be held at 7:45 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Michael Catholic Church, with Monsignor George R. Coyne, a close family friend, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or online at ALZ.org. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.alt-meyer.com.