Betty (Jacobson) Henrickson, 89, of Cheshire, formerly of Northford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Connecticut Hospice. Betty was the beloved wife for over 65 years of the late Ivar Henrickson Jr., who died in 2010. She was born in New Haven in 1922 to Ellen (Nilsson) and Adolf Jacobson. She graduated from Commercial High School in 1940 and attended secretarial school. She married Ivar in 1945, two weeks after he returned from the war in Europe, and after 65 years still thought of him as the gift of her life. She devoted her life to raising her family and was a volunteer in numerous organizations including the Totoket Historical Society, the PTA, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was a lifelong devout member of Bethesda Lutheran Church where she was active in the Altar Guild and served as chair for two terms. She was co-chair of the 100th Anniversary Dinner of Bethesda and was a member of the Doubles Club for its whole existence. After Ivar retired in 1985, they had the trip of a lifetime for 7 weeks to England, Scotland and Wales and also made several trips within the USA. She is survived by her children Karol Dow and her husband Alan of South Windsor, Kristen Weaver of New Britain, Ivar (Chip) Henrickson III of Westbrook and Peter Henrickson of Buford, GA; her grandchildren, Charles Wojack (Michelle), Karin Garrison (Kevin) and Amanda Cardot (Bobby); her great-grandchildren, Kohl, Karina, Angelina, Madeline, Nicholas, Jayson and Lucas; her sister Ruth Starbranch of Cromwell and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her sister Ellen Cecelia Johnson and her son-in-law Rev. Elon Weaver. Betty was a loving mother, loyal friend and a cheerful presence in the lives of everyone close to her and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Per her request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. To Betty’s Family, My name is Sue and I am one of the 3rd shift CNA’s at CT Hospice. I wanted to send my condolences to all of you and let you know how sorry I am for your loss. I did not get to know your mom very well during her short stay with us but I did get to meet Peter who was a very pleasant and wonderful guy. I could see through him just how special she was. I wish I got to meet all of you but time did not allow it. I saw the love Peter had in his heart for her and I know she was a very special mom to all of you. I hope that the wonderful memories you have of her will ease the pain and sorrow, and as time goes on it will. Hold her close in your hearts and she will always be with you. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Please if you need anything, or just need someone to listen please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is God Bless you all. Peter if you need anything please let me know, it was a pleasure meeting you. Sue

  2. We were saddened to hear that Betty had died, but know that you can rejoice in the long wonderful life you shared with her. We have many great memories of Betty (and Ivar) at Bethesda, and at many shared family gatherings. Although we cannot be with you, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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