Elizabeth 'Betty' J. Boehmer

elizabeth j. boehmer
Elizabeth "Betty" J. Boehmer, age 73, of Newton, IA, formerly of New Hampton passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. Elizabeth “Betty” Josephine Boehmer was born August 26, 1938 to Arthur and Mary (Daly) Sweet in Elma, IA. She attended school at Immaculate Conception Academy in Charles City and graduated in 1956. Betty was united in marriage to Milton Boehmer on August 9, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City. Following their marriage the couple lived in Fredericksburg, La Porte City, Hudson, Alta Vista, New Hampton and finally in Newton. Betty was the Director of Religious Education at St. Bernard’s in Alta Vista, a catechist at St. John’s School of Religion in New Hampton. Then she became the coordinator of Religious Education at St. John’s. Betty was the Pastoral Associate at St. Bernard’s, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Immaculate Conception churches. She was very active with church, playing guitar and singing, ministering to the homebound, teaching First Communion classes, Eucharistic ministry and volunteered in many other ways. Betty enjoyed reading, music and watching Big Brother TV show. She was a member of Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (A.C.C.W.), St. Mary’s Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Court Joan of Arc #388. Betty is survived by her children, Stephanie Boehmer of Waterloo, Deborah Boehmer (Bruce Deeds) of Newton, Miles Boehmer of Mason City, and Dawn (Jeff) Prellwitz of Newton; her grandchildren, Jamie, Kari, and Melyssa Prellwitz and Elizabeth Boehmer; her great-grandchildren, Konner, Kassydee and Karter Prellwitz and Cam’ron Boehmer; and her sisters, Jean (Marvin) Emmel and Judy Hively, both of Charles City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Milton in 1986; great-grandson, Devlin Kelley; her sisters, Mary (Cook) Hinman, Dorothy Learn, and Lois Sweet in infancy and one brother, Jim Sweet. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista, IA at a later date. Active casket bearers willbe David Sweet, Kevin Kiefer, Jerry Ptacek, Ken Balik, Dayle Matthias, and Dana Meihost. Honorary casket bearers will include Dale and Gayle Hoffman, John and Luann Huegel, and Mac and Sharon McDonald. Memorials may be directed to the American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA and Skiff Hospice of Newton. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 with a 4:30 PM rosary and 7:00 PM scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the mass on Thursday. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM, Thursday September 8, 2011 at Holy Family Parish – St. Mary’s Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating.

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  1. Betty was a mom to many and a friend to all. I was blessed to know her. In the words of a song she taught me and her religion kids, “Tony Chestnut knows I love you, Tony knows I do.” Aw, Betty, how I loved to see you laugh! I pray you are laughing again in Heaven right now.

  2. Our sympathy to all of Betty’s Family.
    We had a lot of good times together singing and laughing.


    Louise and Donn Harris

  3. Sorry to hear of Betty going home but she will be so happy now,we have had so many good times together and the last years were not the best so she is with her loved friends and family and will be missed by all of us We missed seeing her but was lucky to family to care for her in these trying days.

  4. Aunt Betty was a great woman and taught me quite a bit in life. She is one of the rare treasures from God and has left to go be back with him and be our angel. Prayers to the rest of the family for the peace she has received!!

  5. Aunt Betty was one of the greatest in the family. I am going to miss her dearly. I remember her singing and playing her guitar at family funeral services. I also remember having a great time with family at the family reunions in New Hampton when we had them. Aunt Betty alyways had a big heart for her family where ever she was at or where ever her children or grandchildren were at. I’m going to miss all of that from Aunt Betty. My prayers are with the entire family during this time.

  6. Betty B we will miss you and our fun sister days. Love you sympathy to all of your gang Aunt Jean and Uncle Marvin

  7. Betty, I didn’t know you as much as I would have liked to. You still are my family and the time I did get to spend with you was special. You will be greatly missed. I know that you are not in pain anymore, and you are happy and with all the rest of your family. Love you and know that you are happy and at peace now.

  8. I recall many years of laughter and wonderful guidance for Betty. I am saddened for loss for her family but know she is welcomed with open arms in heaven. May she rest in peace and without pain. She will continue to guide and look over those she loves.

  9. I will miss you my sister, but I know you are well and happy and will Watch over the ones of us left here. My love goes to all you kids. Remember I am only a phone call away. Love you all. Aunt Judy

  10. I will never forget you, your help, guidence, and laughter. My sister Patti, you and I had many laughs and diet pepsi’s together when I lived over by AV! I will always remember you being there for Patti when she went home to the Lord.You two will have alot of catching up to do! You are one of a kind! Lots of Love Betty~RIP

  11. My heart goes out to all of Betty’s family. I have so many fond memories of her and her family. Betty’s heart was so big and sincere – she included my girls (Stephanie & Kayla) and myself at several Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners and I was also included in one of the family reunions. My girls thought so highly of her, that they called her “Grandma Betty” and Steph even interviewed Betty once for a paper she had to write for school about grandparents! There isn’t enough space for me to write all my thoughts, but please know, that none of us EVER forgot her or the generosity she showed towards us. One regret (among many) is that while she lived in Newton, I lived in Reasnor, 7 miles away, and could never take the extra 10 minutes to stop by and say “hello”. I just hope, that in some way, now that she is looking down on everyone, that she remembers me & my girls with the same kindness she showed us here on earth.

  12. Our sympathy goes out to all the family of Betty. She was such a joy to know at there was always a smile to greet you. She didn’t know how to complain. Our whole family sends their regards as they remember the many times we were together with Betty. Jim and Ann

  13. Steph, Debbie, Miles, and Dawn,
    Words can’t express what I am feeling right now. So many wonderful memories of Aunt Betty. She was always so happy and made everyone around her smile too. She definitely made the world a better place to be and we willl all miss her so much. I am finding comfort in knowing that she is in heaven watching over all of her loved ones.

  14. We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolensces to the entire family. Betty was a gifted lady who gave so much of her time and talents. A friend to many, a consoler, caretaker, spiritual leader, and wonderful mom and grandmother. May she rest in peace.

  15. Dear Dawn, Jeff and family, We were so sorry to hear about Betty. We send prayers and sincere sympathy to all your family.

  16. I will remember Betty for the kind and gentle heart she had as well as her laughter. Betty guided two of my children while she prepared them to be baptised and make their first communion. She was a pillar of strength during the time my sister Patti passed away. She will be remembered by many! To Betty’s family: May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you during the most difficult time. Betty is the arms of the Lord.

  17. Our deepest condolences at the loss of your Mom and Grandma and Great-Grandma. Betty was such a wonderful person and shared her love with all of us that she met. She will be deeply missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, but know that she is watching over you from above!! Love to all.

  18. Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Betty, she was a wonderful lady and we truly enjoyed having her join the Clymer family functions these past few years. She was a good friend to Jayne and Melby and will always be remembered.

    Melby and Jayne Clymer
    Darin Clymer
    Kim Manwarren

  19. The “Choir of Angels” have a new guitarist and they won’t be sorry! Our sympathy to the family; I know she will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

  20. What a woman Betty Boehmer was. I worked with her often when she was ministering in the many parishes. She was a gifted and giving woman. I am certainly better for having known her. Sheila Geraghty

  21. Dear Stephanie, Debbie, Dawn and Miles,
    You are all in our thouhts and prayers and have our deepest sympathy. I will always remember Betty and how it brought tears to my eyes when she played her guitar and sang “I don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, for the special times working together on TECS, the great conversations, etc. Betty was truly a very special person and friend. God’s comfort and peace be with all of you.

  22. Debbie and Dawn& families,
    We wer very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Bob said to tell you he enjoued visiting with her at Willowbrook. You are in our prayers.

  23. Miles, Stephanie, Debbie and Dawn – I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s death. She was a very kind and compassionate person, always with a smile on her face. Please accept my deepest sympathy, and all of you are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Ann

  24. Our deepest sympathy to all of Betty’s family. We enjoyed visiting with Betty in church and so enjoyed her
    beautiful gift of music. She had asked me to cantor for her funeral several years ago and I remember telling her that I might be gone before she. It wasn’t to be but we know that she is an angel in heaven looking down on all of us and probably playing her guitar and singing for that
    big heavenly choir. May she rest in peace now. Merle & Karen

  25. To all of Betty’s family. You have our sympathy and prayers. Your mom is the one who helped me get going at playing guitar at mass. I always enjoyed playing guitar and singing with her. Her heavenly voice will now be gracing the heavens. And maybe she’ll get to play guitar again. Lynn and Lyle Ries

  26. I had the honor of knowing Betty over the last 3 years and she was a joy to get to know. Betty had an unforgetable smile that I will remember always .My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  27. Just heard on the radio of Betty’s death. Will see you at the funeral to share our sympathy to you all. She was a dear and kind gracious loving person, blessing all with her gifts. She will missed here and welcomed home by many previously in Heaven before us. Our sincerest sympathy for your loss of your mother, sister, grandmother and friend.

  28. To all of Betty’s family,

    Betty was a very dear lady. She taught me to play guitar in 6 easy lessons. That was 33 years ago. She played guitar and sang at our wedding 30 years ago, along with Betty Worple who played organ.

    I’ll always remember Betty for her beautiful singing while she played her 12 string guitar. I hope one of the family members picks up the guitar and continues the tradition.

    Now she can join Milt in heaven.

    Rosie & Tom Deutsch

  29. To the family we send our thoughts and prayers, We have been away from AV for 24 years so kinda loose connect with everyone. She will probably be singing her lungs out in her heavenly place. Condolences to all of you

  30. Mom told me of Betty’s passing. I was so sad to hear that and even though I hadn’t seen her for a number of years after I moved out of New Hampton, whenever Mom and I would get talking about the past and certain people, “Grandma” Betty would usually get brought into the conversation somewhere. I still have the Angel Christmas stocking that she gave me for Christmas a number of years ago. My sympathies to Miles, Steph, Dawn and Debbie and all the grandkids and great grandkids. Remember “Grandma” Betty with a smile and keep those memories close to your heart.
    I’m sorry that I was unable to attend the visitation or funeral, but I am currently in a cast from the knee down on my left leg and the whole crutches thing has already caused me some issues – so it was safer to stay put in Cresco.

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