VERONICA “BETTE” E. WARE, 71, OF 2141 STATE ST.,
died in her home on Friday, Sept. 8, 1995. She was born in Eldora, Iowa, on July 12, 1924, to Frank and Veronica (Carmody) Kelley. She married Chester D. Ware in Fort Riley, Kan., on July 11, 1945. They had three lovely children and lived in La Crosse for the past 45 years. In 1941, Bette won the National Baton Twirling Championship and after her arrival in La Crosse, she gave baton lessons at the YWCA. She was active in many community events, especially those to help the mentally handicapped. She helped create La Crosse’s first school for the mentally handicapped at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in the mid ’50s. At approximately the same time, she was a Wisconsin State Flower judge and held memberships in La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts, Town and Country Garden Club (40 plus years), local bridge club, Blackhawk Dance Club, Doll Collectors and an antiques study group. Bette enjoyed sewing and painting throughout her life, but concentrated on painting later in life, auditing many classes at UW-L. Her most enjoyed pasttime was her passion for golf. She participated in and won many local tournaments. On visits to California to see her twin sister, Patty, their passion was golf. She enjoyed the outdoors and entertaining. Many people will miss the wonderful parties she gave. Survivors include her loving daughter, Cassandra (Ralph) Larrabee of Onalaska; two granddaughters, Holly (Ron) Larrabee Cunningham of New York and Kelly Larrabee Monahan of Onalaska; and Bette’s younger daughter, Judy Ware, who resides in Menomonee, Wis. She is also survived by her most loving twin sister, Monica “Patty” Preach of Manhatten Beach, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death was her husband, Chester; son Brett; sister Margaret; and her mother and father. A memorial mass will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, La Crosse. Memorials may be given to Hospice Care at Lutheran Hospital.
Source: La Crosse Tribune (WI) – Sunday, September 10, 1995