Betty CallahanName: Betty Callahan
Date of Death: Sept. 17, 2013
Age at death: 92
Betty Callahan, a retired school teacher and an active volunteer at DeSoto National Memorial, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2013). She was 92. The former Betty Bishop was born July 5, 1921, in Grand Junction, Colo., and graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She married Charles M. Callahan in 1946 in the Log Chapel at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Mr. Callahan was the director of sports information at Notre Dame until 1965, when he took the job as head of publicity for the Miami Dolphins. Mrs. Callahan was a substitute teacher in South Bend, and active in many civic organizations, including the Ladies of Notre Dame, the Northern Indiana Children's Hospital, Catholic Charities, the Service Guild and the South Bend Press Club Auxiliary. After moving to Miami, she taught at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Miami. The Callahans moved to Bradenton when they retired in 1984. Mrs. Callahan was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton, and was a substitute teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School. She was a volunteer at De Soto National Memorial for 15 years, helping park rangers handle the many visitors to the park. In retirement she was well-known for her love of crossword puzzles and her devotion to her pet dogs. She also had a keen interest in genealogy and worked with relatives to document her family's history. She is survived by one son, Michael (Helen) of Acworth, Ga.; one granddaughter, Caitlin (Brandon) Cole of Dallas, Ga.; her godson, John P. Neville of Buffalo, N.Y., and many cousins and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Inurnment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery at Notre Dame. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge of arrangements. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.