Betty Rose Litzelfelner

Monday, April 18, 2016
Betty Litzelfelner

Betty Rose (Gilbert) Litzelfelner died on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Dallas, Tex., surrounded by family.

Born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on June 22, 1930, to Violet (Markhart) Gilbert and Charles W. Gilbert, she was a graduate of Jackson High School.

She married Joe Gene Litzelfelner in 1950, and joined him on a naval base in Newport, Rhode Island, where she had their first child, Joe (Joder). The family returned to Jackson upon Joe's discharge from the Navy where they had two daughters (Jill and Holly). They later relocated to Piggott, Ark., with the family business where they had two more children (Denise and Todd). After Todd graduated from Piggott High School, Betty and Joe relocated to Kennett, Mo., and upon retirement moved to Texas to be near their children and to be "Gram" to her grandchildren.

Betty relished her role of wife and mother to her five children. She was an amazing seamstress for her family and home, wonderful cook including homemade breads and desserts and was extremely handy refinishing antiques, wood floors or knocking out walls in their 100-year-old home. She was also there cheering at every ballgame and performance of her children.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; in 2001 by her oldest son, Joe (Joder), her daughter-in-law, Janet and her granddaughter, Celeste; in 2013 by Joe, her husband of 63 years; and in 2014 by her brother, Gary (Sonny) Gilbert of Cape Girardeau, Mo. She is survived by her daughters, their husbands and children: Jill and Vic Zanetti (Courtney, Story and Kirk); Holly and John Sasiadek; Denise and Mike Ellis (Michael Van, Mallory, Max and Myles); and her son, Todd (Jerry Lewis); grand daughter (Joder's oldest child), Kelley and Jason Stephenson (Logan, Carson, Lane, Lindsey, Wade and Micah); a brother, Donald Gilbert (Betty) of Plano, Tex. and sister-in-law, Joy Gilbert of Cape Girardeau, Mo. along with brother-in-laws Jack Litzelfelner (Judy) and Charles Vickrey of Jackson, Mo., and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in Betty's honor to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (, ALS Association ( or the charity of the giver's choice.