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Betty Kusper

September 3, 1953 — February 21, 2023


Betty Kusper

Age 69 of Wilmington, Illinois died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 peacefully at her home.

Born September 3, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, Betty was a daughter of Charles and Velma (Wellens) Ehlert.  She was raised and educated in Chicago, where she graduated from Morton High School.  She had lived previously in Morris, Darien and Clarendon Hills, Illinois.  In 2007 she married Richard Keefe in Morris, Illinois and together they made a home in Wilmington.  Betty worked as a bartender for years, with The Step Up of Lyons, Illinois being her final place of employment.  After seven years she retired from the The Step Up in 1988.  In her spare time Betty enjoyed antique shopping. 

Survivors include her husband Richard; her mother Velma of Lyons; four children, Brian Tryba of Melrose Park, Duane Tryba of Lyons, Michael Kusper of Wilmington and Kimberly Kusper of Joliet; one grandchild, Quinn Tryba; and one sister Linda (Jack) Adams of West Plains, Missouri.

Betty was preceded in death by her father Charles. 

Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be private family services at a later date. 

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Betty’s memory to the ASPCA for prevention of cruelty to animals. 

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guestbook, upload photographs and share Betty’s memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.  (815-476-2181)
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