Betty Lou Fudala, age 95, of Ford River, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021 at Christian Park Healthcare Center in Escanaba. She was born on June 3, 1925 in Escanaba, the daughter of Charles and Ida (Olstrom) Anderson. Betty was raised on the family farm in Danforth and attended school at the Danforth Community Schoolhouse. The former Betty Lou Anderson married Frank Fudala, Sr. on June 28, 1947 in Escanaba and he preceded her in death on January 23, 2010. Together, the couple shared 62 years of marriage and raised 2 children, Lanny “Butch”, and Frank, Jr. “Sonny.” Betty enjoyed playing bingo, cards, camping, gardening, canning, taking care of her family, and “Forest Home.” She loved playing horseshoe and competed in league and many tournaments. In 1987, she took third place in the World Championship in Wisconsin. Betty was the first woman to win the horseshoe competition at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in 1991. Throughout the years, she loved her many pets - especially her dogs, cats, and horses.
Betty Lou Fudala is survived by her daughter-in-law, Lynn Fudala of Gladstone; 5 grandchildren, Darryl Fudala, Christy (John) DeGrand, Tricia (Jerry) Stinnett, Beth Ann (Joe) Belcher, and Lesley Priddy; 10 great-grandchildren, Emily, Tonilyn, Bryanna, Courtney, Travis, Jacob, James, Hunter, Landon, and Jaden; 3 great-great-grandchildren, Terrent, Eliza, and Jillian; 1 sister, Elaine Chapla of Escanaba; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her son, Lanny “Butch” Fudala; step-son, Frank “Sonny” Fudala, Jr.; 6 sisters, Edna, Verna, Goldie, June, Beatrice, and Marlene; 1 brother, Everett; granddaughter, Debra; and great-grandson, Trent.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Betty Lou Fudala will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba with Pastor Jay Gilchrist officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the services in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. A reception will be held following the graveside services.
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