Elizabeth ‘Bettsy’ Ann Gauerke: coshocton tag today

Elizabeth “Bettsy” Ann Gauerke, 89, of Coshocton passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022. She was born in Coshocton on September 28, 1932, to the late Walter and Ruth (Watson) Moore.

Bettsy attended Marymount College and later transferred to Northwestern College where she met the love of her life, James Gauerke, whom she married on November 1, 1953.

She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart and loved the theater. She was very dedicated to the Footlight Players and had a sense of fulfillment when she was there. Her talents on stage and off are still talked about today. She and her husband Jim were instrumental in establishing Hopewell School in Coshocton, starting the school in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. Bettsy loved classical music, playing tennis, taking long walks, her dogs, was an avid reader, and she could complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen. She has served on many boards throughout her life and was especially proud to serve on the Footlight Players Board of Directors as well as the Coshocton Public Library Board for over 50 years.

Bettsy was a wonderful woman who was loved, missed and will always be cherished.

She is survived by her loving husband, 68-year-old Jim Gauerke; his children, John Gauerke of Coshocton, Matt (Christy) Gauerke of Coshocton, Ellen (Ray) Hardesty of Coshocton and Charley (Kelly) Gauerke of Staunton, Virginia; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Bettsy is predeceased by her beloved son Jimmy, who died in 1990.

A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Tom Gardner officiating. Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home is serving the family.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Bettsy’s name to Footlight Players, PO Box 3, Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

An online memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.

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Helen L. Cuellar