Betty Ann Sitzmann, age 43, beloved wife of Eugene, devoted mother to Kelly, Jessica, Dustin and Jami, died at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Betty was born May 27, 1960, in Le Mars, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Luken) Schwarz of Granville. She attended St. Joseph's Grade School and graduated from Spalding High School in Granville and Le Mars Beauty College in Le Mars.
On Sept. 11, 1982, Betty and Eugene Sitzmann were united in marriage at St. Mary's Church in Alton. The couple made their home on the family farm south of Le Mars. Betty practiced cosmetology for several years. She was most recently employed at American Bank in Le Mars. But the job she loved and cherished the most was being a housewife and mother full time.
Betty's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She was her children's greatest cheerleader at their numerous school and sporting events. Her infectious laugh and ready smile touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Betty was active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene; four children, Kelly DeRocher and her husband, Adam, of Le Mars, Jessica Sitzmann of Iowa City, and Dustin and Jami Sitzmann at home; grandson, Carter DeRocher; her mother, Ruth Schwarz of Le Mars; siblings Robert Schwarz of Sioux City, Jolene Sokol (Dennis) of Milan, Ohio, Mary Greiner of Omaha, Neb., Gail Schwarz of Omaha, Neb., Steve Schwarz (Teri) of Omaha, Neb., Carol Pottebaum (Randy) of Alton, and Diane Schwarz of Canton, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kevin Gesink and her father.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Andrew Hoffmann celebrating the Mass. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. A prayer service was also be held in the Gehlen Catholic School gymnasium at 10 a.m. Monday for junior high and high school students unable to attend the Mass.
Visitation was anytime after 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where there was a community rosary led by Gehlen Catholic School students at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Arrangements were handled by the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Pallbearers were Rick Kneip, Mike Langel, Scott Albert, Bruce Kellen, Doug Langel, Doug Ruhland, Jeremy Sitzmann, and Chuck Reuter.
A memorial fund has been established in her honor at the American Bank in Le Mars. Memorials and expressions of sympathy may be directed there in lieu of flowers.