Betty J. Gerstner, 88, Hays, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Hays.

She was born on Dec. 24, 1930, in Colby to Wayne and Lillian (Hamilton) Bone. She was a Hays High School graduate.

She married Verlin “Sonny” Gerstner on Oct. 12, 1949, in Hays. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1987.

Her greatest love was her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to sing, listen to music, watch birds, and tend flowers.

Survivors include four sons, Wayne Gerstner and wife, Nancy, McKinney, Texas, Michael Gerstner and wife, Ellen, Maude, Texas, Patrick Gerstner, Mesa, Ariz., and Brian Gerstner, Los Angeles, Calif; two daughters, Diane Steckline and husband Gordon, Hays, and Elaine Haberman and husband, David, Hays; one sister, Carolyn Rupp, Hays; and 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601. A private family inurnment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery-Hays.

Visitation with viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Family suggests memorials in Betty’s loving memory to Cancer Council of Ellis County or for the masses in her honor. Contributions can be left with the funeral home.

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