Betty D. Blake

February 23, 1932 - October 9, 2019

Betty D. Blake


Belvidere, IL

Betty D. Blake, 87, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully, Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.  Betty was born February 23, 1932 in Nashwauk, MN the daughter of William and Ellen (Johnson) Bankord. Betty spent her childhood years in Pengilly, MN where she graduated from high school. 

She was the seventh of eleven children. They moved to a farm on Swan Lake with 140 acres and a log cabin built across the road. The farm had chickens, horses, cows, pigs, goats, and turkeys. Betty used to wear long brown stockings held by a garter belt and curl her hair with a curling iron that was heated by the kerosene lanterns they used for lighting. They would can their own vegetables, smoke their own meats, churn their own butter, and make thick cream. While Betty was walking the three miles to and from school, she would sell war stamps to the homes she passed. She remembers how her neighbors would always give her homemade strawberry sauce and save Life magazines for her and her brothers and sisters to read. It was magical. During the winter, the kids would ice skate on O’Brien Creek and her dad would make a huge bonfire. She had many friends growing up and still can remember the good times they had with one another. Playing with dolls, hopscotch, marbles, and so many other things.

She once wrote, “These sounds like rough times, but we were always happy and would sing around our big oval table.” She could remember eating meals and telling stories around their big oval table. When she would come home to Minnesota, she would visit the rolling hills of Pengilly, the mines in Hibbing and Calumet, the beautiful drive to Grand Rapids, Blandin Paper Company, the Saw Mill, Forest History Center, Hibbing High School, Iron World, The Polka Fest, fish fry’s at Mr. Robert’s, and visiting her good friends.

She married Kenneth Schrader on October 29, 1952 and following his death, she married Dale Blake on May 2, 1991.  Betty spent her working career in the medical field and retired from Dr. Richard F. Yee, MD’s office after ten years of service.

Betty is loved and will be missed by her children, Denny Schrader and Debbie Reints both of Belvidere; grandchildren, Shannon (Courtney) Schrader, Holly Lyman, Geoff (Keli) Reints, Jennifer (Jon) Schrader; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie and brother, Larry.  Betty is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, siblings, Hazel, Beatrice, Howard, Aiden, Beverly, Willie, Gordon and Gene; son in-law, Gary Reints and daughter in-law Karen Schrader.

Memorial gathering will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Memorial services held at 2:00 p.m., burial of Betty’s cremated body will be at Highland Garden of Memories.  Memorials in Betty’s name can be given in care of her family.  To share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Memorial gathering will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL

Friday, October 18, 2019
2:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Memorial services held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL

Highland Garden of Memories

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My beautiful Aunt Betty flew over the rainbow to her flower garden in the sky this week and I’m feeling so saddened by it.

She was my fellow gardener who always rolled up her sleeves to plant – and tend to – all the city flowers, leaving an indelible footprint in Belvidere.

Moreover, we were each other’s biggest fans when it came to my being a part of Season 5’s Allt För Sverige, Sweden’s #1 reality show. She spent hours – if not weeks – rooting through our family’s archives and ancestry, as she was the noted gatekeeper historian of our Scandinavian heritage and genealogy. She gained so much joy in assisting and sharing all she knew and remembered – for the sake of me, our family and the TV show.

I would receive the greatest old photos, accompanied with the sweetest notes and letters from Betty and I will cherish them forever.

I will always remember her infectious smile, her unique laugh and her passion to roll up her sleeves in honor of passing on all she knew.

Love and fondest memories of you Aunt Betty. 🇸🇪🇸🇪💛💛💙💙

My sincerest apologies that I am unable to attend Aunt Betty’s Memorial Service but will keep her – and all of you – close to my heart. 💕💕🙏🏻🙏🏻 🌼🌺🌸🌷🌻

Troy Bankord 2019-10-17T12:49:15

Deb & Denny, My deepest condolences & love…….My heart & thoughts are with you. Prayers of comfort peace & love. RIP Aunt Betty you will be missed, Thank you for sharing history of the family for my genealogy.

Pamela Mettetal 2019-10-17T09:36:19

Denny and Debbi, I am so sorry. The last memories I have of Aunt Betty is when I visited her in therapy one day. The nurses told her she had a male visitor when they brought me down to visit her while she was working. Typical Aunt Betty ‘Lit Up’ when she saw me and we had a real nice visit! The very last thing I did when I left was kiss her goodbye and told her I loved her. She of course had that big beautiful smile and said I love you too Tommie and make sure you say hello to everyone! What a great lady. Love you guys!

Tommie Love 2019-10-14T16:04:15

Debby and Denny, I am so sorry for your loss. She was, and forever will be, my godmother and I remember taking hula lessons and performing at the fair. I have many great memories of all of you.

Ellen Murphy Pugh 2019-10-13T13:45:42

When I saw Betty’s name, I knew right away who she was: the nurse when I had Dr. Yee for my first baby in 1973. I did see her a few years ago.
God’s blessings of peace to all you family as you say goodbye and as you keep her with you through memories. Nova Larson (Capron) Quigley (Belvidere)

nova J quigley 2019-10-12T16:29:24

I’m so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I will be unable to make the services due to work. However, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jana Loofboro 2019-10-12T11:56:04

Debbie and Denny , Sending thoughts and prayers to you and the family. I have many fond memories playing card with her.

Hugs to you both.

Nancy A Love 2019-10-12T10:56:31

Debbie and Denny, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Betty was part of my childhood. Her house was always open to all the cousins and fun times. She was always there for Grandma and Grandpa Schrader’s family gatherings. What I think of when I hear her name was her wonderful contagious laugh. She was loved by her family and will be missed. We are all blessed by the wonderful happy memories.

Steve Schrader 2019-10-12T10:39:51

To my dear cousins & their families….My heart goes out to you as I remember visiting Aunt Betty & the memories that we all shared. Prayers for comfort & Peace with love. Sincerely Pamela Mettetal

Pamela Mettetal 2019-10-12T10:20:25


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