Betty Jean (Ketcham) Nernberg

Betty Jean (Ketcham) Nernberg passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, November 25, 2019 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph with Pastor Ken Schaeffer officiating. Betty will be laid to rest at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit from 12:00 PM until the time of service Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Debora Durren. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at

Betty was born on December 6, 1938 to L.D. ‘Jeff’ and Mary Ellen (Nelson) Johnson in Benton Harbor, MI. She married Edward Ketcham Sr. in 1954 and they had six children together. Betty was a bartender and waitress most of her life. She especially loved working at Tosi’s restaurant. In 1982 she married Robert Nernberg in Benton Harbor. Bettly loved spending time with her family, dining out, watching soap operas and traveling. She enjoyed her time in the Ladies Auxiliary for the Stevensville American Legion. Betty was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Betty is survived by her children, Debbie (Dale Huff) Durren, Kathy Ketcham, Jeff (Sheri) Ketcham and Eddie Ketcham Jr; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; brother Lee (Ellen) Johnson and sister Donna Borkowski and wonderful caregiver Renee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob in 1994, daughter Lori Price, son David Ketcham and great-grandson Logan Durren. 

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