Betty M. Klein, age 88 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 14, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Diane Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Friday, June 13, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Betty is survived by her children, Mary Gerard of Marengo, Sherry Dietze and husband Ron of Marengo, and Jere Klein and wife Barbara of Port Charlotte, FL; seven grandchildren, Kim, Jody, Danny, Amber, Christina, Raymond and Samantha; sixteen great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. A brother Dick DeVore of Cedar Rapids also survives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester on June 4, 1986, and two grandchildren, Chad and Tracy.
Betty Mae DeVore was born May 26, 1926 in Chelsea, Iowa, the daughter of George and Mary Balvin DeVore. She graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1944 and married Lester L. Klein on February 13, 1945 in Marengo. Besides being a wife, mother and homemaker, Betty worked at the nursing home, hospital and the Amana Bakery. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Marengo and the Marengo Legion Auxiliary.
Betty enjoyed cooking and canning. She liked to do crossword puzzles and listen to audiotaped books. She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren, and looked forward to spending time with them.