Betty Aldridge Passes Away

23 Sep

Betty Aldridge

Longtime Blue Lake resident and dynamic matriarch Betty Aldridge passed away at her home on September 17th, 2011.  As detailed in an obituary posted via  Bolger Funeral Home:

Elizabeth J. Aldridge, 95, of Minocqua passed away at her home on Saturday September 17, 2011. She was born in Chicago, IL on March 13, 1916 to Knut (Margaret nee Larson) Warner.

Betty has been a summer resident of Minocqua since 1924, residing full time in 1971. She owned and managed a Tea House in Minocqua, across from Bosacki’s Boat House, in the 1930’s, then the Deerpath Inn in Lake Forest, IL for 20 years, where she raised her family. After moving to the North permanently she started a business named Girl Friday Enterprises and ran it until 1981. A bundle of energy, Betty never ceased giving to the community of Minocqua. She was a founding member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Lakeland Performing Arts, Blue Lake Preservation Association, and was integral in the development of the Campanile Center. A graduate of Carleton college in Minnesota, she remained a lifelong member of AAUW. She was passionate about playing duplicate bridge with her many friends at the Minocqua Country Club and loved to swim from the dock at her cabin on Blue Lake.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Aldridge of Libertyville, IL; two sons Warren and his wife Margaret Aldridge of Libertyville, IL and Kenneth and his wife Carolyn Aldridge of Minocqua; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM at St. Matthias Episcopal Church. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM, followed by an informal lunch with family and friends in the parish hall. Memorials may be directed to the Lakeland Food Pantry PO Box 470 Woodruff, WI 54568.

NOTE:  My grandmother Betty was very close with Mrs. Aldridge and I know that Mrs. Aldridge brought great joy to my grandma’s life.  We often joked about how the two ladies, with sometimes very differing opinions, were so closely bonded together but that’s the power of a true, respectful, deep-running friendship.  It was lovely to see the matriarchs, the two Bettys, sitting together on their porches, looking out on Blue Lake, running the show.


One Response to “Betty Aldridge Passes Away”

  1. Greg Anastos September 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Beautifully said!!!! I know they are both looking out over all of us on Blue Lake!!!

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