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Bette Reithoffer Passes

Thu, January 30, 2020 7:50 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

Elizabeth (Bette) Bohman Reithoffer was born in Rawlins, Wyoming on January 23, 1921 and went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2020.

Bette graduated from Rock Island High School in Illinois in 1938 and upon graduation worked as a secretary for the Bituminous Casualty Corporation in Rock Island, IL.

She met Patrick (Pat) Reithoffer II at a USO dance in Rock Island while Pat was in training to become a B24 bomber pilot. After WWII in 1945, she married Pat Reithoffer. They lived in Dallas, Pennsylvania while he taught science and shop class at the junior high school in Dallas. Pat was also the owner of Reithoffer Shows, an amusement ride company. Together he and Bette grew the show to be one of the largest traveling carnivals in the country.

Pat and Bette were married for 62 years before he passed in 2007. Bette then moved to Sun City Center, Florida in 2009. She and Pat had two sons, Patrick Jr.  (Geneva) and Richard (Marianne) and one daughter, Jan Stoorza (Jack). She also is survived by eight grandchildren: Megan Foster (James) and John Stoorza, Suzanne Blake (James) and Kristal Knox (Jason), Patrick IV and Ryan Reithoffer (Nelda) and Richard Reithoffer (Victoria) and Matthew Reithoffer. She also had nine great grandchildren: Morgan Blake, James Foster, Orion Reithoffer, John Knox, Karis Knox, Grayson Knox, Nicholas Reithoffer, Carousel Reithoffer and Xavier Reithoffer.  She is preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her father and mother Richard and Elizabeth Bohman and sister Ellen Cornelis and granddaughter Trisha Reithoffer.

A memorial service will be held at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33575 at 10 am Monday February 3, 2020 with a reception to follow at 11:30 am at the Regent Event Center, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, FL 33578.

Flowers: Riverview Florist  riverviewflowers.com  813-677-9700

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to one of the following:

Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA   01089 or

International Independent Showmen’s Museum Corporation (IISMC) PO Box 3359 Riverview, FL 33568

Cards of condolences may be sent to Bette’s family at PO Box 1080 Gibsonton, FL 33534


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