Etta Beitelspacher, 89, of Le Mars, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Etta Engel Margaret Beitelspacher was born Sept. 4, 1914, on the family farm in Grant Township in Plymouth County, the daughter of Henry and Johanna (Dircks) Kleihauer. Etta was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Le Mars. She attended country school in Grant Township and high school in Le Mars. Following her education, Etta assisted her family on the farm as well as area neighbors.
On April 14, 1936, Etta and Henry Beitelspacher were united in marriage at her parent's home in Plymouth County. They made their home on a farm in Plymouth County. Henry died suddenly on April 12, 1960. Etta remained on the farm and raised her family until 1976 when she moved to Le Mars.
Etta was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and participated in Ladies' Aid and worked with the Flower Committee. Her hobbies included reading, dancing, playing cards, baking, flower gardening, needlework, crocheting and latch hook. More important than these, Etta's main love in life was to care and provide for her family.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Arley Beitelspacher and his wife, Sharon of Sioux Falls, S.D., Betty Swanson and her husband, Ken of Le Mars, Sharon Popken and her husband, Duane of Le Mars, Leonard Beitelspacher and his wife, Collette of Le Mars, Larry Beitelspacher and his wife, Pat of Le Mars, Henry Beitelspacher and his wife, Becky of Le Mars, and Alvin Beitelspacher and his wife, Clorinda of Hartford, S.D., a son-in-law Marvin Urban of Le Mars; 20 grandchildren Steven, Chad, Marshall, Cole, Kyle, Troy, Ryan, Alison, Hannah, Laura, Lisa and Jackie Beitelspacher, Jennifer Orban, Lori Myers, Chris, Jeff, Brandon and Michelle Popken, Angela Martin and Roland Swanson; 11 great-grandchildren Michaela Martin, Jordan Spencer, Jared Swets, Jaina, Justus, Corbin and Alexis Popken, Taylor and Derek Myers, Alex and Samantha Orban; two brothers, Ottie Kleihauer and his wife, Jeannine of Brunsville, and Albert Kleihauer and his wife, Milly of Cherokee; three sisters, Matie Ruble of Le Mars, Emma Harms of Le Mars, Lillian Moller and her husband, John of Craig; two sisters-in-law, Jean Kleihauer of Le Mars and Esther Beitelspacher of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry; a daughter, Shirley Urban on Dec. 23, 1998; an infant brother John, brothers Jack and Henry; and sisters Anna and Mary.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Christ Lutheran Church, rural Le Mars, with the Rev. Dan Gerrietts officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Honorary pallbearers will be Etta's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Steven Beitelspacher, Roland Swanson, Chris Popken, Marshall Beitelspacher, Kyle Beitelspacher and Alison Beitelspacher.