Betty J. Rakestraw, 86

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BOWDOIN — Betty Jane Heberer Rakestraw, 86, died Friday, Oct. 29 at the D’Youville Pavilion Nursing Home in Lewiston, with her loving husband John and her family at her bedside.

Born in Peoria, Ill., on June 21, 1924, she was a daughter of Earl and Alice Welch Heberer Sayers.

On July 19, 1948, she married the love of her life, John Rakestraw, in Peoria, Ill.

They lived in Havana, Ill., before moving to Maine in 2005.

A devoted homemaker, she enjoyed taking care of her children, husband, and home.

She was a devout Christian, and one of her greatest joys came from her card ministry.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband John; four children, Charles Rakestraw and his wife Peggy of Anniston, Ala., Alice Byers of Pekin, Ill., Shirlene Vorgert and her husband Don of Spottswood, Va., and Diana Bisson and her husband Art of Topsham; a sister Shirley Harper of Peoria, Ill., brothers Richard Heberer and his wife Jean, Lloyd Heberer, Jerry Heberer and his wife Katherine, sister-in-law Willie Heberer, all of Pekin, Ill., Harold Heberer and his wife Pat of Lewiston, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick.

Memorial donations may be made to the Havana Church of the Nazarene, 328 South Broadway St., Havana, IL 62644.

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