BETTY JANE KOTULA

Having lived a life of humble service and lifelong commitment to others, Betty Jane Kotula, Perrysburg, age 88, left this earthly life on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Otterbein Portage Valley. She was born and named Elizabeth Jane on June 1, 1929, to Ernest and Carrie (Dlugiewicz) Jakubowski in Toledo. She married Gerald P. Kotula on October 19, 1957, at St. Adalbert’s Church, Toledo. Betty was a graduate of Woodward High School and subsequently worked at the Rossford Ordnance Depot until the birth of her girls. She remained a selfless servant to her church, family, friends, and neighbors during her entire life. During the ’80s, she was employed by the Frank School cafeteria in Perrysburg. Upon retirement, she and Gerald enjoyed time at their winter home in Panama City Beach, Florida. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edward, Arthur, John, Walter and Daniel. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gerald; sisters, Rose Bogdanski, Sister Sandra Jakubowski; brothers, Paul and Melvin; daughters, Karen (Scott) Schwind, Sharon (Bill) Brinker, Laura (Paul) Brady and Linda Melvin; 10 very special grandchildren, Lesley Bevil, Eric and Adam Schwind, Rob Groves, Aaron and Jared Brinker, John Paul and Allison Brady, Kate and Jake Melvin; and five great-grandchildren. Many thanks to her caregivers, Kathy Ringler and Janet Aldrich, Otterbein staff and Hospice staff. A gathering of family and friends will take place at St. Rose Church, Perrysburg, on Saturday, December 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. in the church, followed by a luncheon. A private burial at St. Rose Cemetery will be held at a later date. Gifts in memoriam should be directed to St. Rose Parish, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyles. “I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”– John 11:25

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