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Betty J. Rimel

March 29, 1927 — July 13, 2020

Betty Jane Rimel, 93 passed away on Monday July 13, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth.

Born in Swanton, Ohio on March 29, 1927, Betty was the daughter of Earl and Edna (Drager) Casswell.

A graveside service will take place on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, with Fr. John Korcsmar officiating. She graduated from Swanton High School with the class of 1945. Betty then became a registered nurse through the Maumee Valley nursing school in Toledo Ohio, graduating with the class of 1948. On July 18, 1949 she married Dr. James Rimel. Betty worked as an obstetrics nurse for Parkview Hospital in Plymouth. She proudly participated in the births of multiple generations of Plymouth residents. She would continue her education throughout her forty years spent as a nurse and would later receive an associate’s degree in general studies with Ancilla College. After she retired from the hospital, Betty served as a substitute school nurse for the Plymouth Public School system. Betty dedicated her time to civic engagement and served in many capacities: as a founding board member of the Blueberry Festival; a boy scout leader, and a bluebird leader; a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and a lector at mass; a Sunday school teacher; a member of the PEO; and a fifty-year member of the Tri-Kappa. Her town spirit showed at Plymouth High School sporting events of which she attended games well into her nineties. Betty was known as one the sweetest people that you would ever meet, and never let anyone go without a kiss on the cheek. Betty is survived by her children Jeffrey Matthew (Deborah) Rimel, Scott Allen (Susan) Rimel of Rowlett, Texas, and daughter Sue Ellen (Brian) Young of Barre, Massachusetts; sisters, Doris Denicola and Edwina (Harold) Cox; brother in-law Warden Rimel and sister in-law Joyce Metier. There are 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who survive.

She was recently preceded in death by her husband of seventy-one years Dr. James Rimel who passed in February 2020. They spent a lifetime full of love, generosity, travel, and adventure.

Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association online at, or by mail 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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