Apr. 1, 1926 Kenosha Kenosha County Wisconsin, USA
Jul. 6, 2010 Louisville Boulder County Colorado, USA
Bette Ann Breitenbach Breitenbach Bette Ann Breitenbach, 84, of Broomfield, died July 6 at Balfour Hospice Care Center in Louisville. She and twin, William Iversen Greening, were born on April 1, 1926, to Christian and Anna (Iversen) Greening in Kenosha, Wis. When they were born, the doctor placed them each in a shoebox and then on an open oven door to keep them warm. William died of typhoid fever before his first birthday. Her family moved to River Forest, Ill., where she was only able to finish the first year of high school because of the need to bring income to her family. At 17, she met and fell in love with, Hugh Breitenbach. He enlisted in World War II, but shortly after his return, they married in Sioux City, Iowa, in December 1945. They moved to Middle Inlet, Wis., where she was a waitress Pop`s Resort and her husband worked in carpentry. Two years later, their only son, Arnold, was born. The family moved to Chatsworth, Calif., where she started a new career as a dental assistant, while her husband worked as a carpenter. In Chatsworth they cultivated a circle of friends with whom they square danced and played cards every week for years. When her husband retired as a master carpenter, they moved to his hometown of Springfield, S.D., where she pursued her passions of painting and reading voraciously. She educated herself in art, world history and politics and became well-versed in all of those subjects and more, her family said. After her husband died in 1983, she moved to Fort Collins, to be close to her brother, Nate Greening and his wife, Dawn. She missed the warmth of California and her son, so she moved back. She lived with Arnie and his wife, Sandy, for many years, and traveled extensively with friends. She visited Great Britain, Hong Kong, Cairo, Egypt, St. Petersburg, Russia, Istanbul, Turkey, the Greek Isles and Aarhus, Denmark (her family`s homeland). Those were some of her favorite memories to share, her family said. In 2000, she broke her shoulder in a fall and needed to move to an assisted living facility. She recovered, but not planning on returning home, had sold her house. She moved to Broomfield in May 2006 to live with her niece, Lesley Taufer. In Broomfield, she reunited with Dot and Andy Devine, her good friends from Chatsworth. In 2008, she moved in with her great-niece Dorian Macdonald and her family (Adam and their 9-year-old triplets). In March, she and Ruby, her 15-year old-Basenji dog, moved into an independent living facility. She had a quick wit, a generous heart, a sympathetic ear and will be missed greatly by all of her remaining family and friends, her family said. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, William Greening of Kenosha, Donald Greening of Berwyn, Ill., and Nate Greening of Fort Collins. Survivors include her son, Arnold (Sandy) Breitenbach of Iron River, Wis., two grandsons, James Schroeder of Roseville, Calif., and Daniel Breitenbach of Las Vegas; great-grandchildren, Chandler and Melanie Schroeder and Tyler Breitenbach; sisters, Joyce Wheeler of Santa Monica, Calif., and Holly Hughes of Littleton, and dozens of nieces and nephews.