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Betty J. Zelenka

October 19, 1937 — November 5, 2020

MADISON-Betty Jane Zelenka, 83 of McFarland, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020. She was born October 19, 1937 in Montfort WI to parents, John Schnack and Bernadette (Grundy) Schnack. She married Robert "Clay" Zelenka November 27, 1976 in Madison WI. Betty attended Madison Central High School.

Betty was a dedicated employee of Sears retiring after over 30 years. She enjoyed her pet cats through the years, traveling, gardening, dancing, sewing, fishing, and being with family. She enjoyed meeting with high school friends and past Sears colleagues for breakfast and lunch.

Betty is survived by her son Dennis (Kari) Daly; daughter Linda Thompson; granddaughters Megan (Daniel) Karrels and Nikki (Kevin Krause) Steinhofer; and 8 beautiful great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved so much; sister Shirley Sullivan; and sister-in-law Audrey Heath. She is further survived by her stepchildren Deanne (Dave) Dyke, Eileen Kilbane, and Bob (Cyndi) Zelenka; and step-grandchildren step-great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her feline companion Romeo.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Clay; sons Michael Daly and Steven Daly; and brothers Robert, David, and Jerry Schnack.

Betty was such a wonderful and outgoing person. She loved good company, and her friends and family will dearly miss her warm smile and conversation.

A celebration of life will be planned for a later date with interment at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

We will love and miss her always.

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

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3325 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
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