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Bette Grudichak-Binger

Birth Date: September 10, 1951
Death Date: March 7, 2018

Bette Grudichak-Binger, 66, of Decatur, IL, died Wednesday evening, March 7, 2018, at her residence.

Bette was born September 10, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of John and June (Mander) Grudichak. She married Rease Binger on December 29, 1975 in Rockton, IL.

Bette was a special education teacher at Roosevelt and Stephen Decatur Middle Schools and was a positive influence on the children she taught and tutored.

Surviving are her husband, Rease; step daughter, Jennifer Pace (Rob); step granddaughters, Alex and Korrina; brother, Tom Grudichak (Debi); sister, Carol Fitzpatrick; nieces and nephews, Kevin (Angela), Sean, Kate, Scott and bonus nieces Amber and Ashley.

Bette was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Karen and brother-in-law, Rick.

A prayer service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March10, 2018 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, in Decatur, IL.

A Celebration of Bette’s life will be held Saturday, March 17th, from 2 – 4 PM at Old Kings Orchard Community Center, 815 N. Church Street, Decatur.

Memorials: Come Together, Let’s Walk – c/o Community Foundation of Macon County.

Bette’s family is grateful to TEAM BETTE and the many friends who supported us on this journey the past four years.

The Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Bette.

Condolences may be left to her family at

Prayer Service
March 10, 2018
11:00 am
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
2160 N. Edward Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Mrs. Binger was truly an angel in my life and many others at my hotel. As her husband Reece and her stayed with us often thinking we were shining light on her day, she was secretly shining light on ours. Outside of Drury Inn Bette was always kind hearted and compassionate when I needed someone most. We shared many conversations and fun stories about our lives. She is truly a beautiful and amazing woman who will be missed dearly. I thank God for her support and presence in my life and I know she is looking down on us today. Heaven gained the best angel.

  2. Rease, I was truly saddened to hear of the loss of Bette. You both became a part of my life, and many others, at Drury Inn Union Station. May you find peace in knowing that she was loved by many people and will be remembered for her kind heart.

    "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." – Frank Morgan, The Wizard in the Wizard of Oz.

  3. From the entire team at St Louis Drury Inn at Union Station, words can't express how sad we are to hear of her passing. No matter the situation, she always brought warmth to our lives and we will miss getting to see her smiling face. The hugs she gave to so many team members are cherished and will not be soon forgotten. Mrs. Binger touched so many lives and we are grateful to have been a small part of her legacy making the world a better place. She will be missed by so many and we know that there are so many hearts missing pieces without her. Thank you for touching our lives.

    Drury Inn- Union Station team

  4. I am very saddened to hear about the loss of such a wonderful woman. She fought such a hard fight and through it all kept a smile. During her own battles she still had the compassion of others and expressed her concerns of my family members. She had such a big heart. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have met Bette. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I know she is smiling down on us all.

    Sarah Thompson
    Drury Inn Union Station

  5. Words are not adequate, but generous, joyful, and caring come to mind when I think of Bette. She was a tireless encourager to students, a kind and helpful friend, and a pleasure to work with. I'll never forget the day she discovered another teacher who was passed out, pregnant, and alone in a classroom; Bette rescued two lives that day! Rease, you were always there for and with Bette; may the warmth of those sweet memories surround you as your many friends join you in sympathy.

  6. Many prayers for a very courageous woman. God have mercy on her soul. My condolences to Reese and the rest of the family. Mary-Jane Madix

  7. Rease, I'm so sorry to hear of Bettye's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love from your cousin, Karen (Lanning)

  8. Prayers for all who are grieving the loss of Bette. Our heart goes out to Reese and his family. Bette will always be remembered as a loving, kind, fun, beautiful woman!
    In sympathy, Steve & Ronda Smith

  9. We are very sad to hear of Bette's passing. She was always such a happy and positive person and a joy to those around her. Over the years she touched the lives of many students and will be long remembered by them. It was a great pleasure to be her colleague and friend. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  10. Rest in peace, sweet Bette. What a beautiful woman inside and out!! Prayers for Rease and the family for their comfort from me.

  11. For the last 10 years I have been excited to share in your trip to Arizona. I cherish the memories shared and will never forget the way Bette's eyes sparkled when she giggled. Reese – I send much love and light to you as I know that as much as she meant to all of us, she meant tenfold to you.

  12. I considered Bette to be one of my greatest supporters and mentors. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Praying for God's comfort for Rease and everyone who knew and loved her.

  13. Bette was such a fun and positive person, we loved every moment we were blessed to be with her. Our most sincere condolences to you, Rease, and all of your and her family and friends for your loss. Many prayers for all of you for peace and comfort.

  14. I will never forget you no matter how hard life get I will always remember everything you taught me I will truly miss you I know that heaven definitely gain a beautiful angel I love you and I will meet you at the gates one day Rest In Peace

  15. Our dear Rease,
    Our hearts are heavy with the news of Bette's passing. What a brave, valiant fight she fought against this unwanted disease. She left us with such good memories of her unfailing optimism and joyful soul. Anyone that ever was around Bette was touched by her humor and love. When we think of the many people she helped and cared for, we can't help but think of the Bible verse, "Well done, they good and faithful servant". May you also find comfort in your faith and so many good memories.
    Surrounding you with our thoughts and prayers,
    Mike and Donna Rutledge

  16. Bingo: I am saddened by the loss of your Bette. She was so patient with us when we came over to your house to play spades, even though I did write on the score pad and left the imprint on the next page. You are in my thoughts.

  17. Rease,

    We read of Bette's passing in the newspaper today and we are so sorry… We are still in Texas and will not be able to attend any of the services, but please know how much we loved Bette and will miss her. She was such a wonderful lady! You are in our thoughts and prayers…

    With Love,
    Emmy and Scott Moore

  18. Rease,
    I was so sorry to hear about Bette's passing. I will always remember Bette as a vibrant happy person who shared her joy with all those around her. She has been a blessing for many, me included. May God give you strength and peace.
    Kathy Roe

  19. Bette touched my heart and soul as I know she did to everyone else in her life. Anyone that truly knew Bette was made a person because of her. She will be missed.
    — Joan Covault

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