Betty Klage, 90

Betty Klage, retired Douglas business owner and Herman Miller legal assistant, died in Saugatuck on May 14, 2019, at the age of 90.

After graduating from Thorton Fractional High School in Calumet City, Ill., Betty married her high school sweetheart Bill. Following a tour as Navy wife, she raised five children in Munster, Ind.

Betty and Bill instilled in their children a love for outdoor activities including camping, boating around Lake Michigan and skiing the mountains of Colorado.

After moving to the Saugatuck area, they owned and operated Lakeview Lanes.

Betty had an incredible zest for life and was well known for frequently breaking into song. After moving to Stuart, Fla., she continued to perform and sing at the local recreation center.

Elizabeth Marie Klage (Betty) was born in Calumet, City, Ill. to Sigmund Oakes and Marie Dembrowski on April 26, 1929. She was preceded in death by her only sister Joan and her husband William.

Her survivors include daughters, Kathleen Klage and Karen Steiger of Saugatuck; sons, William Klage Jr. of Hobe Sound, Fla., Thomas Klage of Bakersfield, Fla., and Christopher Klage of Pelston; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Being a proud Polish Catholic, Betty will be remembered at a funeral mass on Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 St. Peter Drive in Douglas, MI. 

Arrangements are by the Dykstra Funeral Home-Saugatuck Chapel.

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