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Betty L. Shimko (Cunningham), 94, of Mentor, passed away March 1, 2017 at her home of 66 years. She was born October 27, 1922 in Hudson, OH.

Betty grew up in Hudson and joined the Navy in 1943 as a Pharmacist's Mate at Camp Farragut, Idaho. Afterwards, she worked as a dental assistant. While working for the dentist she met Joe Shimko, the love of her life, and they were married for 62 years. Betty and Joe moved to Mentor in 1951. A charter member of Faith Lutheran, she served the church in many capacities and was active in the choir and directed the Junior Choir. She was a Vocalaire and starred in local musicals. Her appreciation of gardening led her to help found the Garfield Garden Club. She enjoyed being a floral designer at Castello's Greenhouse for over 20 years.

Betty was always thoughtful, kind and generous to everyone. Her favorite things were her children including grands and greats, her many friends and co-workers, making something out of nothing, a cheap pair of expensive shoes, gardening, chocolate and a good glass of wine.

She is survived by her children, Gregory Shimko, Susan Saari, Joseph Timothy Shimko, and Stephan (Jenne) Shimko; grandchildren, Brant (Julie) Shimko, Stephanie Solich, Elizabeth (Kevin) McCusker, Josh (Celestina) Blok and Amanda Shimko; great-grandchildren, Meghan and Leia Solich, Eli, Noah and Isaac Shimko and Charlie and Lucy McCusker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Shimko; her parents, Robert and Ada Cunningham; and her brother Robert.

The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060. A Celebration of Life service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church, 8125 Mentor Ave., Mentor. Interment will be in Mentor Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 8125 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.

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