- March 17, 1959 - November 25, 2012
- Lowell, Indiana
of Betty Jean's Passing
Indiana Organ Procurement Organization
3760 Guion Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222
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“Scott, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know that Betty was feeling poorly. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Sincerely,Gwen Lappie
1 of 6 | Posted by: Gwen Lappie - Lowell, IN
“Remembering our group, T.A.G of Nothwest Indiana. Betty, Betty Tomlin, and I had a wonderful high noon tea at Nellie's cafe in Lowell, IN for the...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Marylin Haskell Dubrick - TX
“I have fond memories of the entire Lipton family from back in my high school days. Betty's brother, Jim, and I were good friends back then, and I...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Rick Pluth - Ann Arbor, MI
“Betty was my aunt and she always put a smile on my face. She always had mismatched socks and earrings, which I have now adopted in her honor (only...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Kristin Geiger - Niece
“I grew up with Betty....through elementary school.....high school.....and on to Purdue University. Betty and I were on the golf team in high school...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jane Long Ruser - Schaumburg, IL
“Betty and I became friends while she was the Lake County GIS Manager; she was my client and my friend. She was key in the efforts to collect source...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Joyce West - Valparaiso, IN
Betty Jean Kiechle nee Lipton
53, of Lowell, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2012 at home unexpectedly following a brief hospitalization. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Lois Lipton. She is survived by her husband, Scott, mother-in-law Joan, sister Mary (Michael) Grable, and brothers John (Linda) Lipton, James (Kim) Lipton, Mark (Alecia) Lipton, Thomas (Chris) Lipton and aunts, Helen Lipton, Charlotte Hoover, Betty Spieth and uncle Bernard Lipton. Betty was aunt to 15 nieces and nephews.
On July 19th, 2002, Betty married the love of her life and true soul mate, Scott Kiechle. Scott's presence in Betty's life was a true blessing and undoubtedly endowed her with many more years of quality of life than she might not have otherwise had.
Family, friends and colleagues will be received at Sheets Funeral Home, 604 E. Commercial Ave. Lowell, IN, on Wednesday, November 28th from 4-8 with Funeral Service on Thursday November 29th at 11:00 am with Rev. Jeff Deardorff officiating. Cremation following.
Betty was born March 17th, 1959 to Leonard and Lois Lipton. She grew up in Merrillville and graduated Merrillville High School in 1977. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1981 and an MBA from Purdue University in 2000 and was awarded the Outstanding Student in her MBA class. She worked for various companies and organizations through the years including Boeing in Kansas, Northrup/ Gruman in California- where she was involved with the development of the B2 Stealth Bomber, The Lake County Surveyors Office and the development of their GIS, and was currently employed by EQM at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.
Known as the family link, she tied all of her family together, those both near and far. Betty was known and loved for her independent spirit and quirky sense of humor- right down to her mismatched earrings and socks. Betty blazed trails for women in engineering, working on such prestigious projects as the B2 Stealth Bomber, at a time when women as project managers were rare. Because she herself was an organ recipient, Betty championed and supported organ donation. She was a thoughtful and giving aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
For several years, Betty was a member of Crown Point Lions' club, donating her time and talents to the community. Her fun-time activities included collecting Oreo merchandise, Lipton tea items and ornate teapots. She was a frequent bidder at local auctions and a regular visitor, along with husband, to antique and consignment shops. She was a longtime conservative and supporter of the NRA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. www.sheetsfuneral.com