Betty Dianne (Hoppe) Kohler

Born: Wed., Jun. 22, 1938
Died: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 28, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 28, 2018
Location: Croghan

Prayer Service

9:45 AM to 10:00 AM, Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Location: Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Thu., Nov. 29, 2018
Location: St. Stephen's Catholic Church

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Betty D. Kohler, 80, of Main St., Croghan, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the Emergency Room at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been admitted earlier.

Born June 22, 1938 in the Town of New Bremen, a daughter of Roland A. and Alice (Luther) Hoppe, she was graduated from Watertown High School with the Class of 1956.  She then attended SUNY Oneonta from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1960. 

She married Frederick J. Kohler on June 30, 1962 in St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan. 

Betty began her teaching career teaching Home Economics in Port Leyden schools, where she also coached the Port Leyden Cheerleading Squad, and later taught in Lowville, and at Clifton Fine schools, where she was an advisor to the school's FHA program.  She eventually became a long-term substitute teacher at Beaver River Central School for a number of years.  During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, she worked as a supervisor of caseworkers for the Lewis County Department of Social Services, and later became a Certified Nursing Assistant working for the Lewis County Extended Care Facility in Lowville.  Her final job was working as a traveling Nursing Assistant for Upjohn Healthcare and US Care Systems, compassionately and always with special kindness, taking care of hospice patients throughout the area. She retired from US Care Systems in 2000.

Betty was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed many hobbies and interests, including traveling, watching movies, making crafts and tending to her beloved animals.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Frederick, of Croghan; three children, her son Anthony J. and wife, Anne Kohler, of Canandaigua, NY, and two daughters, Anne-Marie E. Kohler, of Canastota, NY, and Alicia C. Kohler, of Watertown, NY; a brother, Lt. Col. Darrell R. and wife, Mary Hoppe, Ret., of Nashua, NH; three grandchildren, Amanda L. (Steven) Bain, of Canastota, Colby R. King, of Watertown, and Kati L. King, of Canandaigua; a great granddaughter, Kali A. Bates, of Canandaigua, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased by a brother, Gary A. Hoppe, and a sister, Susan M. Nier.

Betty’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. Prayer Service at Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, November 28th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson County Hospice or to the Lewis County SPCA.

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