Bette Brege1931 - 2019
On April 13, 2019, Bette Brege left her earthly body
to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She
joined her husband, Harry Brege, who preceded her
in death. Bette passed away at her home with her
loving children, Brad (Allendale, MI) and Jill, at
In addition to her children, she leaves behind two sisters,
Jan (Karl) Lietzau of Oviedo, FL, and Nancy (Loren) Wolf of
Traverse City, MI, Her parents, Amanda (née Griesbach) and
William Kroenke, preceded her in death.
Bette was born September 26, 1931, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She had a
zest for life and learning, and especially enjoyed music, reading and
traveling. Bette attended Concordia University in River Forest, IL, and
Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. She was a member of Kappa Tau
Zeta and active in university choir and drama groups.
She met her best friend and future husband, Harry, in Rogers City while
she was a student teacher at St. John Lutheran School, They were married
November 7, 1953, in Shawano, and made their home in Rogers City.
Bette was a substitute teacher at St. John for more than 30 years.
Bette had a servant’s heart, and was active in the Lutheran church and the
community, She combined her love of music and drama by singing in
church choirs and directing church plays, She was a charter member of
Peace Lutheran Church, serving on the Building and Evangelism
Committees and Board of Education, Her love of reading led her to serve
15 years on the Presque Isle Library Board of Trustees and four years on
the Northland District Library Board (two years as chairman). She served
eight years as a volunteer for Shelter, Inc.
Bette taught and led by her gentle example. She always looked for the
good in people—and often brought out the best in them. She will be
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
with a prayer service conducted at 7:30 p.m, by Rev. Kevin Jones,
Visitation will resume at Peace Lutheran Church on Wednesday from
10 a.m, until time of her funeral at 11 a.m, with Pastor Derek Riddle
Interment will take place next to her husband at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church or
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,