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Betty J. Gerstner

December 24, 1930 ~ February 1, 2019 (age 88)

Betty J. Gerstner, age 88, of Hays, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 in Hays.

She was born on December 24, 1930 in Colby, KS, the daughter of Wayne and Lillian (Hamilton) Bone. She was a Hays High School graduate. On October 12, 1949 Betty married Verlin “Sonny” Gerstner in Hays. Together, they shared 38 years of marriage until Sonny’s passing on October 26, 1987.

Her greatest love was her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to sing, music, watching birds, and tending flowers. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include four sons, Wayne Gerstner and his wife Nancy of McKinney, TX, Michael Gerstner and his wife Ellen of Maude, TX, Patrick Gerstner of Mesa, AZ and Brian Gerstner of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Diane Steckline and her husband Gordon of Hays and Elaine Haberman and her husband David of Hays; one sister, Carolyn Rupp of Hays; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Memorial services for Betty will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601. A private family inurnment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery-Hays.

Visitation with viewing will be on Thursday, February 7, from 5-7:00 P.M., at the funeral chapel.

Family suggests memorials in Betty’s loving memory to Cancer Council of Ellis County or for the masses in her honor. Contributions can be left with the funeral home.

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Arrangements are by Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601.

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