Betty L. Klein

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Betty Lou Klein, 86, of Guttenberg passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at her home.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 13, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial was in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Sherrill.

Betty was born on Nov. 5, 1936, in Rickardsville, daughter of August and Elizabeth (Feldmann) Fortmann. She attended a country school in Rickardsville. She married Alfred Klein on April 22, 1958. Betty and Alfred would farm together until he passed on March 30, 1979, at the age of 48, due to cancer.

Betty continued farming with the help of her seven children for a time. She cared for her children while balancing her many roles as a farmer and mother. Betty enjoyed gardening and cooking with her fruitful garden. No one left the house hungry. She cherished the many memories with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved hosting family gatherings providing an abundance of love and food for all.

Betty had a positive outlook on life and shared that with everyone she met. She offered a helping hand and listening ear. She did lots of different cleaning job for people and places, as well as cleaning at Guttenberg Industries. 

Survivors include her children, James (Carol) Klein, Carol (Dave) Hampton, Doris Meyer, Paul Klein, Peter Klein, Ronald (Regan) Klein, Kenneth (Tonya) Klein; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; in-laws, Judy Fortmann, Marie Klein, Lois Klein, and Rosemary (John) Faulhaber.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Lavern Fortmann in infancy, Bernard Fortmann, Robert Fortmann; son-in-law, Merl Meyer; in-laws, Edmund and Susan Klein, Melvin Klein and Cletus Klein.

Information is available at Memorials may be sent to Morris Funeral Home (in care of the deceased), 207 S. First St., Guttenberg, IA 52052.

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