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Elizabeth Wurzer

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Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Wurzer, age 90, of Lawler passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Whispering Willows Assisted Living in Fredericksburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 19, 2021, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at the church cemetery with Chris Wurzer, Brad Elsbernd, Cory Hallberg, Kyle Wurzer, Nick Wurzer, Jeremy Wurzer, Shawn Kleve and Darin Kleve serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Betty's grandchildren and Sheri Dietzenbach. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. Betty was born February 14, 1931, on the family farm near Calmar to Edward and Matilda (Wenthold) Kleve. She soon received the nickname of “Betts” by her younger brothers: Marvin, Paul, Herbert, and Linus. While attending a dance in Spillville, she met Edgar Wurzer from St. Lucas and they were married September 27, 1950 at St. Aloysius Church in Calmar. To this union nine children were born: Phyllis, Sandy, Gary, Dale, Randy, Karen, Tim, Terry, and Lori. They purchased a farm south of Lawler where they raised hogs, chickens, and a very productive dairy herd. “No one ever left the Wurzer farm hungry!” Betty and Edgar worked side-by-side on the farm until 1992 when they purchased a home in Lawler, but they continued to make daily trips to the farm, helping out their son Terry. She had a love of cooking and began catering for many weddings, anniversaries, family, and church events. In 1995, she became head cook at the Jackson Heights Country Club, working there for 21 years before retiring at the age of 85. She was very active in the Sisters of Stapleton Township and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Betty was a life-long member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and a 60-year member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a 22-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In 2009, she was recognized as Grand Dairy Woman at the Fredericksburg Dairy Days celebration and was even a published author, having had her article about growing up on the farm appearing in ‘Reminisce’ magazine. She kept a calendar filled with the birthdays and anniversaries of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and would send a card every year without fail. Betty became a resident of Whispering Willows Assisted Living in February of 2019, where she enjoyed the company of her fellow residents, old t.v. shows and polka music, especially Jim Busta and Mollie B. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life and they always knew where she kept the toys and candy dish. Betty is survived by her children: Phyllis (Ron) Elsbernd, Sandy Hallberg (friend Lee Cosselman), Dale (Linda) Wurzer, Randy Wurzer (friend Mary Egli), Karen Wurzer, Tim Wurzer, and Lori (George) Kohlmeyer; Daughter-in-Law: Susan Wurzer; 20 Grandchildren: Brad (Kelly) Elsbernd, Alicia Elsbernd, Amy (Jesus) Gonzalez, Cory (Miranda) Hallberg, Chris (Tiffany) Wurzer, Kelly (Steve) Lantow, Traci (Jason) Hendries, Matt Wurzer, Shawn (Nicole) Wurzer, Nick (Christy) Wurzer, Kyle Wurzer, Megan (Nick) Entwisle, Kim (Pat) Hoffman, Becca (Scott) Valvoda, Jeremy (Katie) Wurzer, Nichole (Adam Powers) Wurzer, Jessica (Casey) Connor, Garett Wurzer, Heather (Dylan) Borglum, and Derek (Jordan) Kohlmeyer; 35 Great-Grandchildren: Peyton, Lane, Riley, Ayden, Mason, Logan, Trevor, Treyton, Taylor, Makenna, Tori, Keagan, Evelyn, Alex, Josalyn, Laikyn, Cashton, Jordan, Kendall, Hailey, Gavyn, Dyson, Brendan, Briggs, Beckett, Jack, Braelynn, Brynn, Conrad, Bennett, Payson, Annelysse, Jennavieve, Luke and Addison. She is also survived by her brothers: Herbert (Judy) Kleve and Linus (Sharon) Kleve; Sister-in-law: Alvera Kleve; Edgar’s siblings: Elaine (Maurice) Collins, Eddie (Norma) Wurzer, Adrian Wurzer, and Kenny Wurzer and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; Sons: Gary and Terry; Daughter-in-law: Brenda Wurzer; Parents: Edward and Matilda Kleve; Mother & Father-in-law: Edward and Elizabeth Wurzer; Brothers: Marvin Kleve and Paul (Loretta) Kleve; Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Teresa (Carl) Kuehner, Florian (Pat) Wurzer, Greg (Helene) Wurzer, Emma (Burke) McGrath, Clem (Barb) Wurzer, Jeanette (Jim) Cole, Antonia (Lavern) Kipp, Shirley Wurzer, Faith Wurzer, Elaine Wurzer, and several nephews. The family of Betty wishes to extend their gratitude to family, friends, and neighbors for the love and support during Betty’s 90 years here on Earth.

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  1. My sympathy to the Family of Betty, a good friend since we were neighbors on the farm in 1960. I have many good memories of Betty.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  3. Our Deepest Sympathy to Betty’s entire family. Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss of loved one. Know we are thinking of you and hope words of support give you peace! James & Lyn (Meissen) Bailey

  4. Our deepest sympathy to all of the Wurzer family. She will be dearly missed by all that knew this sweet lady. Prayers and Hugs.

  5. Our sympathies to all the family. Betty was always smiling and had a good line for you when visiting with her. And usually had a spatula in hand when doing so! She shall be missed.

  6. Karen and all of your family: My sympathy to you Karen in the passing of your mother. She was very dear to you and her smile and giggle will be missed!

  7. To the entire Wurzer family, you all have our deepest sympathy. Betty left many memories with all of us and always had that wonderful smile. Thinking of you all, Dennis & Diane Shurtleff

  8. Sandy and family, So sorry to hear of your mother passing!! My prayers go out to you all!! Sandy, so sorry we couldnt get together a few years back!! It would have been fun to talk with you!! Maybe by texing we could. I live out of state, but if your still in Iowa maybe we could get together if I make it up that way!! Again my condolences to the family!!! Jane Pleggenkuhle Schmidtke. jmschmidtke@gmail.com

  9. Karen family Betty was a good lady she loved spending time with her family and friends. Remember all the good time we all had with our mother grandma great grandma and friends. Karen and family you have my thoughts threw this difficult time.

  10. Lori, George, Karen, Susan, and the rest of the Wurzer clan, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Betty. She lived a long. great, life, but not without heartache at the loss of her own children. She was a pleasure to work with when she catered our first class reunion! May She rest in peace! Lisa (Schoonover) Herold

  11. God took a special lady. Loved stopping in and visiting with her, she sure had her mind . So glad my sister and I stopped in to see her for 1 last time. Cherish that visit!

  12. Sympathies to Betty’s family. Always enjoyed visiting with her through the years. Your mom always had something to chat about.. She always had a smile on her face, loved to laugh and joke around. Mom and Dad had many special times spent with your parents dancing, visiting, and playing cards. They are all reunited once again and probably dancing away!! RIP Betty.


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