Betty Volk, formerly of Akron, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Covenant Glen Assisted Living of Frankenmuth. Betty was born on June 18, 1923 in Unionville, the daughter of John and Anna (McCormick) Russell. A graduate of UnionvilleHigh School, Betty married Donald L. Volk on June 20, 1942. Don predeceased her on January 25, 2006. Betty was a homemaker and she and Don were blessed with ten children. Faith and family were very important to Betty. Betty taught religious education for many years at Holy Family and SacredHeartChurches. Family camping trips and Akron Merchant ball games were summer highlights. Betty enjoyed traveling with family and friends and after Don’s retirement they hosted many family gatherings at their Prudenville cabin with Betty as the camp master. Her grandchildren recall that Grandma was never too busy for a tea party or a story. Betty will be fondly remembered for her kind smile, fun sense of humor, and generous heart.
Surviving are her children Thomas (Patricia) Volk, Rita (Brian) Maust, Peter (Barbara) Volk, Paul (Kathleen) Volk, Renee (Roger) Brink, Angela Rodriguez, Joseph (Margie) Volk, Michael (Janice) Volk, daughter-in-law Chirlene Frent Volk, thirty-five grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren, and one expected in December, twelve great-great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her sisters-in-law Pauline Gainforth and Donna Volk. Besides her parents and husband, Betty was predeceased by her sons, Ron Volk, and John Volk, great-grandson, Justin Reder, her brother, Donald Russell, her sister, Marian Strieter, and several sisters-and-brothers in law.
The Funeral Liturgy will take be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 from the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Reese. Reverend Robert S. Gohm will officiate with Committal Services to follow in the St. Elizabeth Cemetery. Betty’s family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw St. in Reese on Sunday from 3-8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the Liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Elizabeth Church, the American Cancer Society, or Family Wishes.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Frankenmuth Covenant Glen and Heart to Heart Hospice for their kindnesses and care of Betty.
“Our thoughts and prayers to the Volk family. May God's love help you through this difficult time. God bless!”
— Bill & Cheryl Coderre
“We treasure our memories of Betty. Her smile, humor that came so easily, the qualities that endeared her to us were many. We send our condolences to each of you, her children. A beautiful family, of successful parenting.”
— Clint & Jaclyn Bondarenko
“Hi, I am so sorry for your loss... I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and I'm writing to share a comforting thought from God's Word the Bible, notice God's promise at Revelation 21:3, 4... With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Isn't that a comforting thought...to know that God's promise to eliminate suffering is soon to happen.”
“I will miss Betty greatly! I enjoyed her smile and sense of humor. I feel blessed to have known her!”
— Geri Turner at Covenant Glen of Frankemuth