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Betty M Gilles

Betty M Gilles

Betty M. Gilles, age 92 of Plum City, died Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City with her family by her side

Betty was born on July 31, 1927 in the Fox Valley area of rural Durand. She was the daughter of Fred and Marie (Dane) Stewart. Betty grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School. She married Lyle Gilles on April 5, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City. After marriage, they lived in Plum City where they raised their family. Betty was a member of Plum City Frank Gilles American Legion Post #365 Auxiliary and a member of St. John the Baptist Altar Society. When her children were older, Betty went to work at the hardware store with Lyle.

Betty and Lyle enjoyed traveling, spending many winters in Arizona and taking family picnics. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and visiting with friends. Betty enjoyed her time at The Seasons and the Plum City Care Center where she liked visiting with old and new friends.

Betty is survived by her children; Dan (Kay) of Plum City, Linda (Larry) Chilson of Plum City, Lee of Durand, Kay (Dan) Erickson of Prescott, Ann (Jeff) Bechel of Plum City and Amy (Dave) Comee of Savage, MN, daughters-in-law; Peggy Gilles of Plum City and Renee Gilles of Prescott, 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Lyle, one son; Patrick Gilles, one daughter; Susan Gilles in infancy, one grandson; Michael Erickson, one sister; Kathryn Madsen and one brother; Erwin “Sonny” Stewart.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00AM Saturday, February 1, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plum City with Rev. John Affum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be from 9:00AM until the time of services at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to the Plum City Library or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Paul Gilles

    Betty was one of the nicest people I've ever known. I remember many evenings at our dining room table playing Pfeffer with her and Lyle and my dad and Bernie. She will be remembered and missed.

  2. Lorelee and Dale Binkowski

    Our deepest sympathies to all Betty's family. We are
    in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and just heard of her
    passing. She was a grand lady and will be greatly
    missed by all.

  3. Jim Krause

    My Sympathy to all the Gilles Family

  4. Judi & Gary Bauer

    Remembering many visits with my mom Marian Krause and Betty in the years past. Betty was a special lady. Our Sympathy to all

  5. Mark Schmitt

    Amy and family, All of us at Altimate Medical are sending you our prayers.

  6. Elizabeth O'Shea

    Sending our love and prays to your family. I hope the wonderful memories will be a comfort to you now during the pain of her passing. I know a part of her will live on in each of you.

  7. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Sympathy and Prayers to you all!!

  8. Ann Leonard/Eldon Hines

    Hugs and prayers to your family in the loss of someone so dear. Love from Eldon and Ann

  9. Trish

    My heart wants to be there for Aunt Betty's funeral but my head says it would not be wise- given my recent injury. A lovely obituary-tribute to a wonderful godmother and Plum City Booster extraordinaire! She lived a full life. Peace to all of you: Dan, Linda, Kay, Lee, Ann, Amy-Lyle. ????

  10. Susan Britton Hanson

    Many childhood memories of Betty from Plum City and the hardware store. Prayers for the family.

  11. Gail (Gilles) Smith

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family in the loss of their Beautful Mother. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed. Love and prayers to all. Gail and TerrySmith

  12. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gilles family.

  13. Yvonne & Fred Benson

    Betty was such a lovely lady. She was a kind, hard working and always kind and always smiling. She and Lyle were very much a giving and loving couple. Our deepest sympathies to each and everyone of you. UUnfortunately we are in Az and will not be able to attend her service. We are sending you our love and prayers. God bless you as you deal with the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandma. May your wonderful memories bring you peace. Love, Yvonne and Fred.

  14. Cindy Jennings

    Sorry for your loss ,she will be missed very much

  15. Kristine Polzer

    God called another angel home. I will miss you sweet Betty. We had such good visits at the care center. Say HI to my mom please.

  16. Audrey Ryan

    Prayers to the family. What a wonderful lady.

  17. Patricia Frion

    So very sorry for loss. Betty and Lyle now reunited that's a great thing.

  18. Donna Hoyt

    So sorry for your loss. Betty was a wonderful lady.

  19. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Gilles Family.

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