Betty Berghammer Sabo
Born: 8/1/1928, Munich, Germany
Barbara (Betty) Sabo was born Barbara (Betty) Berghammer on August 1, 1928 to Ferdinand Berghammer and Anna (Meixner) Berghammer in Munich Germany. She attended grade school in Munich, after which she attended a trade school to manage and operate a shoe store. The school was bombed out in 1944 thus ending her schooling. She then worked at other jobs and helped her father in his machine shop. Betty had a love for classical music and began listening to the radio on Sundays at a very early age. One of her favorite composers was Mozart. She was very fond of learning languages and was very proud of her ability to learn the proper pronunciation and use of the English language.
In September 1948 Barbara married Carl E. Sabo, a soldier in the US Army Air Force and in November 1948 she immigrated to the United States to join her husband where they lived on a small farm in Cahone, Colorado. She began her life in the United States as a homemaker and cleaned houses for the neighbors. Betty then went to work at the dry cleaners and later to the Dove Creek State Bank where she became quite proficient at various jobs in banking. When Carl went to school in Chicago, she went to work as an IBM operator at the Federal Reserve Bank. After they moved to Moab, she went to work at the Moab National Bank and later at First Security Bank of Moab. Betty also worked as the secretary for Sabo’s Electronics and when the store closed she worked for Muir Appraisals.
Betty was a very caring person and spent much of her life caring for older people, the infirm and the sick including cancer patients. She spent many hours sitting with them and holding their hands. Betty began her care giving in the early fifties when she and her husband took care of an eighty-seven-year-old man from whom they had purchased their farm. Then she took care of her older sister who had cancer. After moving to Moab, she cared for three ladies from her home country of Germany, she also took care of her husband Carl’s mother and then her husband. Betty was called upon many times by the Emergency Room staff so that she could translate when injured German tourists would come in.
In November 1952 Betty became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She also became a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, working her way to Post President and then to District President. She was a member of the Grand Count Council on Aging. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Carl E. Sabo, parents Ferdinand and Anna Berghammer, Sisters Philomena Earl and Ernestine Nishizaki and her brother Helmut Berghammer.
Betty touched the lives of many and for the past two years has enriched the lives of the residents and staff at the Canyonlands Care Center. In honor of Betty in lieu of flowers please donate to the Canyonlands Care Center so that they can purchase items for the patio area that she loved so much.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be May 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary Chapel with internment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A Pot Luck luncheon will be held at the Swanney Park afterwards. Pleases join us for our last Taco Saturday
Tributes5/5/2017 - To our Dear, Sweet Aunt Betty Sabo, we will miss you dearly & Love you always !. We are comforted in knowing you are with Uncle Carl now, resting in peace ...we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to your MOAB family of friends that took care of you and loved you so deep and true all these years. Our memories of time spent with you , we will always cherish...God Bless you! Aunt Betty. Love always , your nephew Mike Earl (and Sylvia). - Mike Earl & 'Sylvia Ruybal4/22/2017 - I have always liked Betty. She was always friendly and sweet and have known her for years, as her husband used to repair our TV. If I would see her downtown she always was gracious and kind. We could use more of her kind in this rapidly changing world. Richard and Mary Jane Cozzens - Richard and Mary Jane Cozzens
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