Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Senger

Elizabeth “Betty” Senger, 58, Harvey, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at a Harvey clinic.

Elizabeth Louise “Betty Lou” Senger was born April 3, 1955, at the Rugby hospital to Edward A. and Julia (Schaan) Senger. Betty enjoyed life on the farm with her 14 siblings to help watch over her, annoy her (those brothers), and make her laugh and dance to Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights. Betty’s parents along with other parents in Pierce County formed a chapter of the ARC to promote rights of children with developmental disabilities. Her mother, Julia, along with other ARC members worked to start a school for these children in Rugby two days per week. At age 8, Betty was able to start school with her brother, Valentine, for the first time. Finally, children with special needs were allowed in public schools in North Dakota. In 1970, Betty was able to attend school full time at Drake Public School until 1976. Betty enjoyed being involved in Special Olympics in Drake and Harvey.

After moving to Harvey in 1978, her parents, again saw a need for adults with developmental disabilities and worked to start a program for these adults. In 1981, Betty was one of the four original clients to be served by the newly formed HAV-IT. Betty received day service working at the HAV-IT workshop until she moved into the North Group Home in 1987. From 1987 to 2003, she lived at the HAV-IT North Group Home and worked at HAV-IT. She enjoyed shredding paper, cleaning the campgrounds, and stuffing circulars. In October 2003, Betty moved to the HAV-IT Jackson Group Home and continued at the workshop only occasionally as she was slowing down. Betty enjoyed the good care from all the HAV-It staff and the many friendships she developed over the years with other residents and staff members.

Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin and St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Harvey. Betty Lou enjoyed car rides, opening presents, being around small children, dancing to music, dressing up and going outside. Most of all, Betty enjoyed dyeing Easter eggs and especially sitting right in front of the TV or at the group home sitting in her favorite chair by the TV.

Betty is survived by: her father, Edward, of Harvey; siblings, Bob (Susan) Senger, of Old Saybrook, Conn., Bernadette (Ralph) Mahler, of Fargo, Fr. William Senger, of Maryknoll, N.Y., Beverly (Kris) Senger-Butler, of Valley, Ala., Bruce (Patty) Senger, of Moorhead, Minn., Vernon (Linette) Senger, of Fargo, Michael (Sheila) Senger, of Orrin, Bonnie (Jerry) Daily, of Moorhead, Marilyn (Brian) Bjoralt, of Fargo, Joseph Senger, of Bismarck, Julie (Bob) Keller, of Harvey, and Rick (Kim) Senger, of Shakopee, Minn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Julia; and brothers, Valentine and Byron.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Prayer services will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the church.

Visitation will be Friday, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., at Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting (www.hertzfuneralhomes.com).