Betty Jo Heiliger


Betty Jo (Raybould) Heiliger, 89, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

Betty is survived by her children, James Heiliger (Stephanie) of Franklin, Christopher Heiliger (Terry) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Pamela Ward (Thomas) of Racine, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Dale” Heiliger; and her parents, Joseph and Rose (Harris) Raybould.

Betty was born on March 19, 1927, in Brazil, Indiana, to her parents Joe Raybould and Rose (Harris) Raybould.

Betty was baptized at age 16 on Easter Sunday following her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

She graduated from Brazil High School in 1945 and married Gerald “Dale” Heiliger upon his return from the war in Europe in 1946.

As a young lady she worked in the telephone office in Brazil. The young couple settled in Hammond and later moved to Plainfield. They also lived in Slidell, Louisiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Betty retired from AT&T in 1992; she and Dale then moved to the Indiana Masonic home in Franklin.

Betty was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star, and enjoyed shopping, ceramics classes at the Masonic Home, having her family visit and eating at Gray’s restaurant.

A funeral for Betty will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the mortuary. A Christian burial at the Mount Calvary cemetery in Brazil where she will be laid to rest with her husband and parents will be at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Information: 317-738-0202.