Betty Lou (Kraft) Hayer

January 2, 1940 ~ February 11, 2020 (age 80)


Betty Lou Hayer (80) passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 11, 2020, after a two year battle of against aplastic anemia, an auto-immune condition that attacks the bone marrow. Betty fought with unrelenting strength, willpower and grit to live because of her unconditional love and devotion to her family. Her daughters, Crissi-Lyn and Cari-Ann, her husband, J.B. and her dog, Kenai, will miss her deeply. Betty was adventurous, kind, gentle, a mentor and teacher, the perfect mother and wife, loyal, compassionate, caring and she loved life. She is the woman that everyone should strive to be.

Betty Lou was born in the Hayward area to Anne and Richard Kraft (deceased). She was a cheerleader at Hayward High School and went to the University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse for an undergraduate degree in physical education. She taught high school physical education in Shawano, WI for five years and decided to go on vacation to Miami, FL where she ended up moving to and where she met her devoted husband. Betty and J.B. retired to the North Woods where they have resided permanently for 15 years.

There are no words to express how much Betty Lou/Mom was loved and how she shaped our wonderful lives, but she is now an angel in heaven just as she was in life, looking after all of us. She will leave a large hole in our lives and our hearts, but we take some comfort in knowing that she is at peace now.

Private services were held on February 17, 2020 at St. Francis Solanus Mission Church. We ask that in lieu of flowers or gifts we request that a donation be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of Annie Kraft, Betty’s niece, who passed away too early in her young life to leukemia.


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