Elizabeth 'Betty' J. Boehmer
August 26, 1938 ~ September 3, 2011
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.