Betty G. Potzler
On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Estes Park lost one of its nicest and most loving citizens, Betty G. Potzler, a resident and motel owner here for more than 25 years. She passed away peacefully in EPMC after a long illness. She was 88 years old. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on August 7, 1923, to poor Russian immigrant parents, who aptly Christianed her “Luba”(Russian for love).
After graduating from Roosevelt High School in L. A., where she excelled in various athletic activities- including a time playing semi-pro softball, Betty in 1943 worked various jobs- one as a “Rosie the Riveter” type. On Thanksgiving Day in 1944, Betty’s life changed forever. Always lively and loving to dance, she and a girlfriend were leaving a Latin music nite club in L. A., when she was stopped and asked to dance just one more by Merchant Marine Radio Officer Harry Potzler, on leave for a few days. It was love at first sight for both of them. They dated for the next four nights. Then Harry shipped out to the South Pacific and Betty went to San Francisco to work. Four and a half months later, Harry returned, went to San Francisco and they were married three days later on April 2. The whirlwind courtship and marriage lasted 67 years.
Harry and Betty had two children- a daughter, Pam, and a son, Greg. As a young mother, she was involved as a homemaker and with various organizations-PTA, March of Dimes, (Greg had Polio as a baby), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and many others. Betty, Harry, and Greg have owned three motels- one in Franconia, NH and two in Estes Park, and they have lived in L. A., Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Europe- and of course, Estes. With Harry and Greg, she visited 110 countries, all 50 states and every continent, and sailed every ocean- mostly on their own- without tours.
She had friends all over the world, and was a very interested traveler. She was a loving and caring mother and the most beautiful, sweetest, and faithful wife her husband could ever have hoped for. She is survived by her husband Harry, son Greg, daughter Pamela Basich, of Los Alamitos, CA, three grandaughters, and a great grandson, all of California.
She is to be cremated, and there will be a service on Sunday, July 1 at 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church-2000 Ptarmigan Trail (. 8 mi North on Dry Gulch Rd. – Estes Park, Co 80517. The Family reguests, in lieu of flowers, a donation in Betty’s name to; Quota Club, P.O. Box 1273, Estes Park, CO 80517, an organization that helped us very much. COME CELEBRATE A LIFE WELL LIVED!! GOD BLESS YOU!!