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Betty Lou Stewart, aged 90 from Marengo, passed away on Saturday August 21, 2021 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Christian Burial Mass: 11:00 am Tuesday August 24, 2021, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Fr. David Wilkening officiating. Visits: 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday 23 August 2021, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with a Bible service at 4:00 p.m. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Betty is survived by her children, Barbara Ann (Frank) Robinson of Indianapolis, IN, Michael (Karen) Becker of Bertram, Timothy (ThÃ©rÃ¨se) Becker of Boise, ID, Carrie (Tim) Usher of Marengo and Jason (Mandi) Becker also from Marengo; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Betty is also survived by her siblings Shirley (Glen) Becker of Walker and Lauretta Furler of Marengo. Betty has raised over 30 foster children in her lifetime, many of whom remain very close to the family.
She was predeceased by her biological father, Leonard Holst, who died when Betty was very young; his mother Adelaide Ginther Holst-King; her father who raised her, Virgil King; her husbands Albert John Becker and Leo E. Stewart; one brother Leonard Holst; and several extended family members.
Betty Lou Holst was born March 11, 1931 in Marengo, Iowa, daughter of Leonard Henry Holst and Adelaide Ginther Holst. She attended country schools and high school in Blairstown. Betty and Albert John Becker united in marriage on August 3, 1948 in Norway, Iowa. The couple moved several times during their early marriage, eventually settling in Marengo. Betty worked at Pioneer Seed, Collins Radio, Square D, several restaurants, including the Landmark and the Trucker’s Inn. Finally, she worked at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Albert died in 1991. Betty then married Leo E. Stewart in 1996. He died on October 8, 1998.
Betty was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo, the Altar and Rosary Guild, and the Marengo Legion Auxiliary. She has volunteered many hours for the Meals on Wheels program and senior catering. She enjoyed making dolls, crochet, and lots of crafts. She enjoyed camping, dancing and go-cart racing. Betty was an avid bowler for many years.