Betty J. Kommes

Monday, February 27, 2017

Betty J. Kommes, 71, of Le Mars died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's in Sioux City.

Elizabeth (Betty) Julia Johnson was born on Dec. 6, 1945, in Le Mars, the daughter of Roy and Myra (Specht) Johnson. She graduated from Marcus High School in 1964, then — with a passion for helping others — became a surgical technician. Ever the loyal woman, Betty spent 39 years at Floyd Valley Hospital as a surgical tech. She was committed to both her career and her team, who lovingly referred to her as B.J.

On May 5, 1973, Betty married Leonard Joseph Kommes at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. The couple was blessed with three children — Brent, Angela, and Heidi — and spent much of their time together as a family. Outside of the couple’s weekly date night activities, the family of five enjoyed annual family vacations and spent many weekends on the lake boating and on the golf course. In addition to her own children, she was considered a second mom to many of her children’s friends.

After Leonard died on Sept. 25, 2005, Betty and her family — which slowly grew to include five grandchildren — continued to take annual vacations together, including frequent trips to various lake cabins, along with adventures into the Black Hills and even the mountains of Colorado. True to Betty’s positive attitude and appreciation for the simple things in life, she spent the days of vacation relaxing with a cup of coffee enjoying her surroundings of grandkids, children, and the outdoors.

In addition to her family, Betty had a close relationship with God and was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She loved spending time fellowshipping with church members, and she participated in the Ruth Circle, Altar Guild and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). A couple of Betty’s favorite sayings were that “everything is in God’s hands,” and we just have to take life “minute by minute” because “it can always be worse.”

When she was not volunteering at the church or spending time with her family, Betty spent countless hours enjoying coffee and conversation with her closest friends.

Grateful to have shared her life are her children and their spouses, Brent and Larissa Kommes of Elk Point, South Dakota, Angela and Patrick Jones of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Heidi and John Costello of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren, Sailor and Slade Kommes, Marshal, Charlie and Lennon Jones; a sister, Patty and Dave Laubenthal of Spencer; brothers, Wayne and Teresa Johnson of Greeley, Colorado and John and Marirose Johnson of Marcus; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; a sister, Linda Johnson; and a brother, Vern Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., today (Monday) at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Timothy Geitz will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation began at 2 p.m., Sunday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family was present from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday during the visitation. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.

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