In Memory of




Obituary for Elizabeth A. Okner

Elizabeth (Betsy) Alice Okner (b. 11/13/51) passed on August 5, 2023 with her loving brother Michael at her side. Betsy was the daughter of Dr. Henry B. Okner, a pediatrician, and Annette (Stein) Okner, an artist and educator, both of blessed memory. She was also pre-deceased by her brother Richard Gail Okner (Christy), aunt Miriam (Stein) Dresner Buhman, and cousin Daniel Dresner. She is survived by beloved brother Michael (Linda) Okner, their children David and Melissa, and a close group of loving cousins. ​Betsy felt a special connection with her mother, Annette, and her collection of her mom’s artworks were a way for that bond to live on and be appreciated by others. ​Betsy was a gentle, fun-loving, and sharply perceptive person. She maintained a positive outlook. She at times had a slight lilt to her voice which subtly signaled she had heard and was about to gently offer her own perspective. She had a kind and generous heart that complemented her moral clarity. Her lovely and contagious smile and laugh added a unique presence to family gatherings. ​Betsy grew up in Oak Park and for the last twenty-five years she lived nearby in Galewood, staying in contact with many childhood friends. She travelled to, and lived in Israel for several months. Her interest in travel and spiritual pursuits enabled her to make several trips to Australia, which had great meaning for her. These journeys were part of her lifelong search for mindfulness, positivity, and growth, which she shared with a close group of friends. Together, they valued spiritual beliefs and philosophies about living and making the world a more peaceful place. ​Betsy loved the Indiana Dunes and often spoke fondly of visiting her aunt Miriam's home overlooking Lake Michigan, so beautiful and restful in any season. She enjoyed gardening, family celebrations, and spending time with friends and family. She treasured every day, focusing on her blessings and gratitude for being alive. Betsy accepted every person, whatever their beliefs. Her gentle spirit, sense of humor, heart and mind live on with us. She will be sorely missed. Donations will be welcome at: Graveside Memorial Service Monday, October 30, 2023 at 10:30 AM in the Maple Section (First section on the right, inside of the main entrance) at Westlawn Cemetery, 7801 W. Montrose, Norridge. Info 630-MITZVAH 630-648-9824