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Bette Kainz

January 16, 1967 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 53)

Obituary

Bette Kainz, 53, of Medford passed away at her daughter Brianna’s home, on Saturday, August 22, 2020 surrounded by family and friends. 

She was born January 16, 1967 in Ladysmith to the late Roxie (Stout) Wester and Dennis Lelm of Glen Flora, WI.  After graduating from Bruce High School, she attended Northcentral Technical College becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant.  For many years she worked in Post Surgical Care at Wausau Hospital.  Bette loved her job and had to leave her career early due to her lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.  On May 26, 2001, Bette married Douglas Kainz in Ladysmith.  They made their home in Medford.

Bette was an animal lover and enjoyed her cats and dog, Benji.  Some of her past times included going to garage sales, canning vegetables, gardening and helping sell tickets at several Edgar sporting events.  Two of her favorites were taking random car rides with Douglas and teaching her girls, Brianna and Bethany how to embroider. 

Survivors include her husband, Douglas of Medford, father, Dennis Lelm of Glen Flora, Step-Father, Bryce Wester of Bruce, two daughters, Brianna Pelch of Wausau, Bethany Zellner of Edgar, sister, Bonnie (Mike) Tully of Spring Valley, brother, Mike Lelm of Oregon and two step brothers, David (Heidi) Sepanski and Brad (Angie) Sepanski all of Glen Flora. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Roxie Wester and two sisters, Beverly and Tracey Lelm. 

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Highland Community Church, 1005 N. 28th Ave., Wausau.  Pastor Duane Hamilton will officiate.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services.  Face masks are required and social distancing will occur. Services will be livestreamed beginning at 1:50 p.m. and may be viewed at the bottom of Bette’s obituary on www.helke.com. 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
August 28, 2020

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Highland Community Church - Wausau Campus
1005 North 28th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

Memorial Service
Friday
August 28, 2020

2:00 PM
Highland Community Church - Wausau Campus
1005 North 28th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

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