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Bette L. Rigoni

EWEN, Mich. - Bette L. (Toomey) Rigoni, 79, of Ewen, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, with her loving family at her side.

Bette was born on Oct. 14, 1944, in Bessemer Township, a daughter of William and Yaga (Smolich) Toomey. She attended Bergland High School and graduated in 1962. Bette continued her education at Gogebic Community College.

For many years, she was a dedicated licensed practical nurse.

On Oct. 6, 1962, Bette was united in marriage to Raymond Rigoni Jr.

She loved her church, community, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and most of all her best friend and husband of 61 years, Ray.

Bette enjoyed baking and always had fresh baked goods to share. She loved being around people, always taking the time to stop and say hello. She liked taking a ride for lunch and taking the long way home. Bette was a familiar face at all community events, especially all Ewen-Trout Creek School activities. Her support will surely be missed.

Bette is survived by her husband, Ray Jr .; daughters, Rae (Bill) Kaare, Rhonda (Hank) Leaf, Renee (Paul) Glad and Regan (Jeremy) Moilanen; grandchildren, Andrea Anderson (Eric Sisler), Shane (Alexia) Johnson, Lacey Kaare (Steve Porez), Whitney (Nate) Peterson, Nicholas Glad and Cooper Moilanen; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Michael Anderson and Henry Sisler, Bryleigh, Dakotah and Scott Johnson, and Jack and Grace Peterson; a brother, Marko (Madelyn) Lulich, her sister-in-law, Kay Lulich; a sister, Barbara (Brian) Cook; and a brother, Bill (Coko) Toomey; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Borseth; her brother-in-law, Wayne Borseth; and a brother, John Lulich.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 22, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ewen, with the Rev. Brian Gerber as celebrant.

Rite of Committal and interment will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ewen, later this spring.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc, in Wakefield, is assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences or to share a memory, please go to