Betty (Elizabeth) Jean Gerold, age 89, of Jordan, died April 28 at Mala Strana in New Prague.  She was born in New Prague on April 16, 1928, to Edward and Sylvia (Washta) Bisek.  She spent some of her childhood in New Prague, but lived in several towns in Minnesota and Iowa as her family followed Ed’s  construction jobs.  Betty graduated from Mankato State College with a teaching certificate and taught for two years in Wanamingo, MN.  On October 14, 1950 she married Dennis Gerold at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague.  Betty and Dennis lived on their dairy farm in Jordan. Betty was a kindergarten Title 1 teacher for the New Prague school district for several years.

Betty is survived by her husband Dennis of Jordan; children Mary (Kevin) Higgins; Mona (Dave) Harmann; Dave (Jean) Gerold; Steve (Jane) Gerold, Judy (Mark) Harinen, Dan (Kris) Gerold, John (Marsha) Gerold and Paul Gerold; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by parents and brother Clarence Bisek.

Betty loved reading, travel, cooking, and especially her family. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the St. Benedict choir and women’s group.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to Mass, beginning at 9:00 AM,  also at church. Lunch will immediately follow in the Parish Activity Center with burial at 3:00 PM at St. Benedict Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Wenceslaus School.