Betty Lou Endthoff

GALESBURG — Betty Lou Endthoff, 89, of Galesburg died at 5:43 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Betty was born Sept. 30, 1932 in Marseilles, Illinois, the daughter of Wilbert “Webb” and Alice Ann (Askeland) Hill.  She graduated from Rochelle Township High School and married Gene Benton Endthoff on June 17, 1951 in Rochelle.

Betty is survived by her husband of 71 years, Gene of Galesburg; one son, Dan (Laura) Endthoff of Galesburg; one daughter, Susan Hite of Galesburg; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Betty is also survived by two brothers, Jim (Joyce) Hill of Wauconda, Illinois and Ron (Betty) Hill of Toledo, Ohio.  Betty was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Thomas Gene Endthoff in 1958 and Robb Gene Endthoff on Dec. 20, 2017.

Betty worked for several years at Kishwaukee College and later Duplex both in DeKalb.  Betty enjoyed gardening and shopping and was an avid reader. Taking care of her family and friends brought Betty the most joy. No matter the circumstances, Betty always had a smile, never complained, maintained her positive attitude, and was always happy. She will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 followed by an 11 a.m. service at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Pastor Vince Rohn will officiate. Private family graveside services will be at Lawnridge Cemetery, Rochelle. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choosing. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at


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