Elizabeth J. Welch
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Elizabeth J. WelchElizabeth J. Welch
July 2, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2012
Resident of Sunnyvale
Elizabeth "Bette" Welch passed away peacefully Tues. Feb. 7th. She is remembered for her outgoing kindness and the many lives she touched. Bette was born in Sister Bay, WI to Aloysius Eva Hugenroth. She is predeceased by her husband Clifford A. Welch and her siblings Rita, Phil, Mary, and Dan. She is survived by her children Stephen (Becky), Cynthia (Hilary), and Gregory (Ann). Also survived by her grandsons Daniel, Michael, Robert, Kevin, and Eric.

After high school, Bette went to the Sisters of St. Joseph in Milwaukee for her Nurses Training. Upon graduation, she rode a troop train out to Los Angeles where she was soon commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Bette was then assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Balboa Park, San Diego. There she cared for, among others, several notable heroes of WWII in the Pacific.

While at the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park, she met her future husband Clifford, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. They married in 1946 in San Diego and moved to Palo Alto in 1947. Bette became a nurse at Stanford Hospital where she worked for many years. Their three children were born at Stanford. Clifford was assigned as Director of the U.S Naval Training Aids Center at Treasure Island until retirement.
In 1950, the family moved to Redwood City and became founding members of St. Pius Church. Bette was very active in the Parish, especially as a Eucharistic Minister and in many other capacities. A great joy for her, as it was for their children, was spending summers on her husband's parent's farm in Brighton, CO. Family and faith always came first.

In the early 1970's, Bette Cliff built a home at Lake Tahoe. It offered many memorable family getaways. In 1995, 14 years after her husband Clifford's passing, Bette moved to Los Altos, closer to her son Steve and Becky. For the last 3 years, she lived with them in Sunnyvale. Her final months were richly enjoyed at Sunnyside Gardens. We thank them and Grant Cuesta Rehabilitation for their loving care. The outpouring of prayers and well-wishes received over the past eight months are greatly appreciated.
Friends and family are invited to the Vigil at 7:00 PM on Fri. Feb. 17th at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real W., Mtn. View. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Sat. Feb. 18th, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 473 Lincoln Ave., Los Altos, Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice .    Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on February 14, 2012