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Elizabeth A. "Bette" Hogan
August 22, 1923 - June 05, 2012
Elizabeth A. "Bette” Hogan, 88, Rockford, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in the comfort of her home. Born August 22, 1923 in Chicago, daughter of Leon and Elizabeth Florin Trapp. Graduated from Rockford Central High School in 1940 where she excelled in diving. She married Thomas J. Hogan, Sr. on Valentine's Day 66 years ago. Employed by Amerock Corp. for many years in Customer Service, and at the time of her retirement in 1988, she held the highest position ever obtained by a woman in Amerock's history. Bette was an active, fun, outgoing woman. She bowled in several leagues, played in two golf leagues and was a big football fan. She always made sure she called with a Happy Birthday to her family members and will always be remembered for her endearing "How's Your Love Life” question.
Survivors include her children, Tom (Penny) Hogan, Cindy Freeston, Debbie Hogan Allen and Kevin (Donna) Hogan; grandchildren, Jay Hogan, Tom Freeston, Elizabeth (Brian) Freeston Beeghly, Matthew (Kendra) Hogan, Stephanie (Eli) Michealides, Mary Freeston, Ann Freeston, Mike Freeston, Chris (Jennifer) Hogan, Candice (DJ) Freeman, Benjamin Hogan, Meggie Hogan, Tim Hogan and Robert Hogan; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Trapp; sisters-in-law, Gloria Paulson and Iris Hogan; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by husband, Tom, on February 22, 2010; parents; brother, William Trapp; sister, Anna Mae Aurand and grandson, John Allen.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. with Rev. Dean Parker officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until time of the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, 9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park, IL 61111.
As young as I was, I so remember the good old days with Great-Aunt Bette! Such a colorful spirit as all the Trapp ladies were! I can remember the bantering between her & my G'ma Aurand and even have memories of when their mother was alive! She will be missed but is forever in our hearts! Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. - Nikki
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