Jaci Bettiol, daughter of Eugene Bettiol Sr., narrated a slide show about the family. Referring to her father as “Poppy,” she said he doesn’t like recognition for accomplishments without acknowledgment of his family.
“Our Poppy is happiest when he is in the presence of family,” she said. “Your family celebrates your accomplishments. … We celebrate you.”
Jaci Bettiol said her brother, Eugene Jr., also was committed to family and community and was “in our hearts” Sunday. In a recording, Carleigh Bettiol sang “A Time for Love” as photographs of her father, Eugene Jr., with family members appeared.
John Thompson, a family friend from Oneonta, sang “Storms Never Last” at the request of Elizabeth Bettiol. Through the storms in their lives, the family “kept giving back to the community,” he said, and recognizing their contributions was overdue.
“It’s about time,” he said.