Tributes & Memorials
On December 11, 2017, we sadly lost Steve “Big Red” Betz. Steve was a joy to be around, and always came into work with a smile on his face. Steve had just celebrated 35 years of employment with ABC Works in La Crescent, MN. Steve was a key member of the nightly laundry crew at ABC, Steve took great pride in his work and enjoyed loading and unloading the washer and dryer for the small change diaper service. Steve loved to sing and dance to his favorite Christmas songs, learn about Jesus at Jesus Cares, and soak up the sun during NASA Squirrel pontoon rides. Steve was a very compassionate friend who would console anyone who was down, and loved to make others laugh. Steve’s enthusiastic energy and welcoming “hey buddy” will be greatly missed by everyone at ABC.
Loren Bushman, a long-time participant at ABC, passed away peacefully at his home on January 30, 2018. Last October Loren was recognized at the ABC Awards Banquet for 40 Years of Service.
Loren was a hard worker. He especially liked jobs where he could operate equipment such as custodial floor scrubbers and dish room sprayers. He worked for many years on custodial and dish washing crews at locations throughout Rochester. He was also one of the original weavers of the ABC Weaving Project that started in January 2011. His final project at ABC involved weaving a vest – one he wore to his final resting place.
Loren will be remembered for his pride in being affiliated with ABC and Bear Creek Services, his strong work ethic, willingness to help others, determination to see a project or task through to its end, his many leisure interests, love for his family (especially his two brothers), his hearty laugh and infectious smile.
Nadene “Sunny” Moore
Nadene “Sunny” Moore, 91, of Rochester, MN died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Homestead of Rochester. Sunny was born July 19, 1926 in Tenstrike, MN. After teaching on the Red Lake Reservation, she moved with her family to Rochester, where she worked as a counselor at ABC for 18 years.
Sunny enjoyed gardening, knitting, and was an avid reader. She engaged in volunteer work throughout her life, most recently at Samaritan Bethany where she worked with patients in memory care and also manned the gift shop. She and husband Dan enjoyed 25 years at their cabin on Woman Lake, where they entertained both family and guests.
Former ABC job coach Wyatt Cox passed away Dec. 26, 2017 at his home in Port Charlotte at the age of 25. Wyatt was born in Rochester, graduated from Stewartville High School and was attending RCTC to obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
Wyatt was a jack of all trades. He started in manufacturing out of high school, and in his early 20s began working with adults with disabilities. Most recently he was working at a restoration company. Wyatt loved the outdoors and spending time with his daughter.
He will be missed by ABC co-workers and participants and remembered for his caring nature and good cheer.