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Betz Nursing Home Celebrating 60th Anniversary

Betz Nursing Home, an American Senior Communities senior healthcare center that has provided care to hundreds of people and multiple generations, will celebrate its 60th year of serving the DeKalb County community on July 29th.

The celebration will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes a variety of events: a car show, performances by the DeKalb High School Show Choir and activities for kids, live entertainment and free food. Auburn Mayor Norman E. Yoder is expected to be there. The public is invited.

Betz Nursing Home was founded by Everett Betz and Doris Betz-Marshall in April 1956 when the couple purchased eight acres of land at the community’s present site at 116 Betz Road and built a family home with part of the house designated for providing nursing care.

As demand for care increased, the family moved to the basement and the entire house was used for patients, many of whom would spend the remainder of their lives at Betz, according to Luanne Gerig, current executive director of Betz and daughter of the founders.

Betz Nursing Home would continue to expand and in 1975 a new facility was built with space for 60 residents. It expanded again in 1979, adding space for more residents, and again in 1985, with space expanded to allow room for 144 residents. More than 100 people worked for Betz.

Over the years, hundreds of DeKalb County residents have received care at Betz and many families have had multiple generations receiving care there.

In September 2010, American Senior Communities took over management.

Services include Moving Forward Rehabilitation, Auguste’s Cottage Memory Care, Hospice, Respite, Skilled and Long-Term Care. Tours will be available during the celebration.

For more information, call Betz Nursing Home at 260-925-3814. Visit the website at