Betty Lou Wronka
October 26, 1944 – March 8, 2016
Betty Wronka, 71, of College Station peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, March 18, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Father Edwin Kagoo officiating. Inurnment following in the College Station Cemetery.
Betty was born to Raymond and Vercie Springer in Hornersville, Missouri where she lived until 1953. Her family moved to Flint, Michigan where Betty became a star high school basketball player. After graduation, Betty attended cosmetology school unaware her career path was about to change. While playing in a pick-up basketball game, Betty was spotted by a recruiter for The All American Red Heads. The Red Heads were one of the first professional women’s basketball teams and played against men’s teams with men’s rules and won about 80% of the time. Betty travelled to Caraway, Arkansas and made the team. She earned the nickname “Personality Gal” and played with The Red Heads until 1963. Betty attended the grand opening of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee when The All American Red Heads were among the first teams to be recognized as trailblazers. She has a brick dedicated to her on the Walk of Fame.
Betty was considering extending her contract with The Red Heads but changed her mind when she met her future husband, Walter Wronka, Sr. Wally and Betty were united in Holy Matrimony at St. Mary Queen of Angels Church in Swartz Creek, Michigan on February 27, 1965. Betty had a positive impact on many people and her house was always open to everyone. She was the ultimate sports enthusiast and an artist who painted in oil and acrylic. Betty was truly a “Personality Gal” and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Preceding Betty in death are her parents, Raymond and Vercie Springer; her brothers, Allen and Don Springer; and her sister, Erna Christain.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Walter Wronka, Sr.; her daughters Melissa Hoppman, Katie Coppedge and husband Mark; her son Walter Wronka, Jr.; and her grandchildren, Evelyn Hoppman, J.D. Hoppman, Jacob Coppedge and Melissa Coppedge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s honor to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Tx 77803; Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028; or the charity of your choice.
The Wronka, Hoppman and Coppedge families wish to recognize Hospice Brazos Valley for the outstanding care Betty received. We would like to extend our special thanks to Betty’s hospice nurses Jordan, Sarah, Suzie and Hannah and to her aide, Devena.
Express condolence at callawayjones.com Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.