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Elizabeth (Betsy) Lorey Nagelbush, 76, of Big Rapids

Elizabeth (Betsy) Lorey Nagelbush, 76, of Big Rapids, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Mission Point of Big Rapids.

She was born April 26, 1946, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Mendenhall) Lorey. Elizabeth graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1964 and then from The Ohio State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Welfare.  In that same year she married Jeffrey Nagelbush.

Elizabeth worked as a secretary and administrative assistant at Rutgers University, then she and her husband moved to Brockport, New York, where her first child was born. They later moved to Big Rapids where her second child was born. After spending time raising her young children, Elizabeth began volunteering in their elementary school and eventually went back to school herself, receiving a Master’s in Education at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She was hired as an elementary school teacher and taught first, second, and fifth grades until she retired. After retirement Elizabeth went back to work part time as a reading specialist, working with children at both ends of reading proficiency.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jeffrey; her daughters, Sarah of Clawson, MI and Anna of Manchester, NH.  She is also survived by all the children that loved her as a teacher and wonderful human being.  

No services are being planned at this time. Memorial contributions in her name may be made for WISE of Big Rapids or Habitat for Humanity. Care and arrangements are entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Share a memory or express condolences at

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