Betty J. Ruppel age 81, died November 21, 2019 at the Niagara Hospice House following a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 19, 1937 in Lockport, a daughter of the late Clayton and Blanche (Smith) Wakefield and had lived in this area all of her life.
Betty was a member of the Gasport Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary where she held numerous offices. Her and her husband wintered in Florida where she was a member of the Country Lake Ladies Club, providing holiday gifts for under served children. Betty loved to crochet, knit, needle point, bingo, garden, cook, play cards and camp. She had a seasonal campsite at Wildwood and Hartland Cove. Also enjoyed camping at Alleghany State Park and North Star Camp Ground in Canada. Betty’s favorite holiday was Christmas and she loved to bake Christmas cookies, make ornaments and knit Christmas stockings for her family. She was the life of the party and loved dancing with her husband; the jitterbug was their dance. She loved spending time with her family, the greatest joy for her were her grandchildren; she lit up whenever they were near.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her sons Jeffrey Lynn Ruppel and Daniel James Ruppel; her sister Peggy Ann Bulmer. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, James Ruppel, daughters Susan (Ted) Cloy, JoAnne (Matt) Frawley; grandchildren Erin Marie Ruppel, Lynnell (Eric) Schreiber, Stephanie (Cody) Mangalsingh, Daniel (Lauren) Ruppel II, Jonathan Ruppel, Donald (Haylee) Cloy II, Vandra Ruppel; great-grandchildren Lacey and Connor Schreiber, Cecilia Urena, Grant and Arianna Mangalsingh, Aubrey and Paytinn Cloy, Zoey and Carter Ruppel; brother Clayton Roger Wakefield; close friends Pat and Ike Rounds, Mike and Mary Farina as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home 4521 Main St., Gasport NY 14067 Monday November 25th 2-4 & 7-9. Her Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 4447 Central Ave., Gasport. Burial will be in Cold Springs Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport NY 14094 or to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr. Suite 100, Buffalo NY 14094.