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Betty Jane RatkovichPassing: February 9, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, February 14th @ 11:00 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, February 13th @ 4:00-7:00 pm


Lawrenceport Cemetery

Thursday, February 14th

ORLEANS – Betty Jane Ratkovich, 91, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born April 30, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ralph and Delphia Louise (Blackburn) Sipes.    The father of her children was Harold Lee Poole who passed away in 2008.  She was married to John Ratkovich and he passed away in 2006.

Betty was employed 20 years at RCA and later at Stalker School.  She was a member of 39th Street Christian Church and Mitchell Senior Citizens.  Betty enjoyed spending time with family, dancing, bowling, and mushroom hunting.

Bill Magner of Orleans
Dan (Chris)  Poole of Ohio
Ralph “Frog” (Dewon) Poole of Orleans
Vicki (Glenn) Woods of Bedford
Zella (Dean) Fullen of Mitchell
James (Renae) Ratkovich of Bedford
Troy (Ayse) Poole
Crystal Poole Bradley
Josh (Kelly) Poole
Jake (Holland) Poole
Amber (Jeff) Hein
Autumn Poole Robbins
Aaron (Carrie) Poole
Adam (Kathryn) Poole
Lora Lea (Andy) Stewart
Deana (Jerry) Nicholson
Rickey Moore
Michael (Gretchen) Malott
Miranda (Jeremy Knapp) Kline
Jeremy (Stormi) Reynolds
Jamison (Robin) Reynolds
Bobby, Eric, Ryan, Josh and C. J. Woods
29 great grandchildren
William Dean Sipes of South Bend
Daniel Eugene Sipes of North Dakota
many nieces and nephews

Her parents; children, John David Sipes and Judith Gayle Moore; grandson, Peter Bradley; great grandson, Braeden Poole; and siblings, Mary Ilene Davis, Francis Louise Thompson, Cyrus Everett Sipes, Ralph Edward Sipes, and Jackie Dale Sipes, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Jerry Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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8 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Suzie Sehr | http://Bedford
    Date: February 14, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. From your friends from R & S Automotive.
  2. Guest: BOBBETTA L ROBERTSON | http://Mitchell
    Date: February 14, 2019
    long time friend
  3. Guest: Cari dodds | http://Bedford indiana
    Date: February 14, 2019
    I went to stalker and she was always so sweet. Always had a smile on her face. I ran into her at the senior center in mitchel l when I took breakfast in after not seeing her for years. It was like running into an old friend. She will forever be missed.
  4. Guest: Linda Mollet Ketchum | http://Bedford In
    Date: February 13, 2019
    I'm so sorry for your loss
  5. Guest: Barbara Spaulding | http://Bedford Indiana
    Date: February 12, 2019
    Dean and Zella I am so sorry for the loss of your mother I knew she was sick but did not know of her passing until Cedar called and told me. Love and God Bless Barbara
  6. Guest: Jim & Carolyn Deckard | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: February 12, 2019
    We met Betty at Springmill Park with Bill. She was a sweet pretty lady. Bill is my grandson Ryan’s grandpa, they made the trip to Indy for his wedding. Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time.
  7. Guest: Cathy (Johnson) WILCOXEN | http://SPRINGFIELD, MO
    Date: February 12, 2019
    Zella, and families, sorry for your loss.
  8. Guest: Alan Bocock | http://Phoenix AZ
    Date: February 12, 2019
    From MHS 1965 class (Danny) & worked with Ralph at Ford-Visteon for a few years sorry for your loss