Betty Marostica passed away on December 1, 2017, at the age of eighty-six. She was dearly loved, is deeply missed, and will always be cherished.
Betty Rae (Butcher) Marostica was born on October 10, 1931, in a farmhouse in Harlem, Montana, between Chinook and Zurich on the Hi-Line Highway #2.
She was the second daughter born to Richard and Sadie (née Cooper) Butcher.
In 1937, her family moved to the Nyssa-Vale, Oregon, area where there was more work for her mother and father. She went to school in the area through 6th grade.
When the war broke out in 1941, Betty’s uncle convinced her father to go back to Chinook to buy a milk processing plant. Betty attended school in Chinook from the 6th grade through high school, and graduated in 1949.
Immediately after graduation, the family returned to the Nyssa-Vale area, leaving her sister, Wilma, in the good care of J.T. Butler, whom she married in 1948.
Betty met and married Rudy Marostica in 1951. To this marriage a son, Kurt, and a daughter, Christine, were born.
For several years, Betty worked for the Amalgamated Sugar Co. office in Nyssa until Rudy was offered a job at the Yturri Distributing Co. They moved to Ontario in 1963 where she worked for the Baker Production Association (PCA). She retired in 1990.
Betty was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed football, basketball, and golf. She loved watching her son play sports throughout the years, and talking about sports with him, her son-in-laws, and anyone else who followed sports.
Her hobbies included bowling, which she learned from her father while attending high school in Chinook. She continued this hobby until the team at the time came up with too many hurts and pains to carry on. Betty then took up the game of golf in earnest and belonged to the Ontario Ladies Golf Association for many years. It was with these ladies that she learned to play the game of Shanghai Rummy, which she enjoyed for many years. In the last few years, Betty took up the game of Rummikub, and enjoyed playing with friends and family.
In 2003, she resumed a friendship with former Chinook classmate, Swede Ehlang, who was living in Billings, Montana, at the time. They often traveled to Billings, Boise, and Eugene to visit their families.
Betty is survived by her son, Kurt Marostica, and daughter-in-law, Eve; daughter, Christine, and son-in-law, Brian Kuhnhenn; a sister, Wilma Butler, and brother-in-law, J.T. Butler; granddaughter, Kara Hirano, and grandson-in-law, Keelan Dennis; granddaughter, Kori Hirano; granddaughter, Angie Marostica Fuller, and grandson-in-law, Mason Fuller; grandson, Tony Marostica; a great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is also survived by her special friend, Swede Ehlang, who helped her in later years with health problems for which she was thankful. He was her very best friend.
Betty’s family would like to thank the employees of Brookdale Assisted Living in Ontario for the loving care of Betty over the last several years. The family also wishes to thank Heart and Home Hospice Care for their compassionate care during Betty’s last few months.
A celebration of life gathering will be held Saturday, December 16, at Matsy’s Restaurant in Ontario from 1pm – 3pm. Open house. Please join us in remembering Betty and celebrating her life.
Matsy’s Restaurant 1241 SW 4th Ontario, OR 97914
Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario.