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Elizabeth A. Smith
October 16, 1922 - March 7, 2011


Elizabeth “Betty” Smith, 88, of Oelwein died Monday, March 7, 2011 at Oelwein Care Center. 

Betty Smith was born in Washington, IL on October 16, 1922 to parents Henry and Anna (Marchand) Holtzman. She attended country schools and graduated from Washington High School in 1940. Betty then attended the Brown School of Business, Peoria, IL. 

On November 25, 1943, Betty was united in marriage to Robert L. Smith in Washington, IL. They began their married life farming in Illinois until the spring of 1956, at which time the family moved to a farm near Oelwein, IA.  Bob & Betty continued farming there until retirement. Betty was a very kind, loving mother and homemaker, raising their three children. Betty’s family meant everything to her. She loved to cook and bake for them. Betty also loved flowers, planting and caring for her flower beds.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and continue to love her. 

Betty is survived by her sons: Charles (Judy) Smith of Oelwein and David (Charlene Schwirtz) Smith of Randalia; her daughter Debra (Randy) Toenjes of Monticello; her sister Emily Michael of Pekin, IL; her brother Robert Holtzman of Peoria, IL; her sister-in-law Elizabeth Holtzman of Normal, IL; her grandchildren: Kari Buchheit, Eric (Dainna) Smith, Kristi (Eric) Haas, Angie (Jeremy) Hundley, Heidi (Neil) Wilkinson,

Derek (Amy) Smith, Rebecca (Brian) Bednarz, Joni (Eric) Wiese, and Mary (Alex Rude) Toenjes; and her great-grandchildren: Dustin, Emily, Elizabeth, Dylan, Brady, Cameron, Addison, Ella, Rylee, Drew, Maeley, and Tate. 

In death, Betty has rejoined her parents, her husband Robert (1995), sister Dorothy Holtzman, brother Donald Holtzman, her brother-in-law Joe Michael, sister-in-law Susie Holtzman, sister-in-law Alice Vohland and brother-in-law Peter Vohland. 

Memorials may be made in Betty’s honor to Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein and Westgate Fire and Rescue in Westgate.  

VISITATION:  4-7 PM Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.

SERVICES:  11 AM Friday, March 11, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.


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Earl and Jan (Poehlman) David on March 12, 2011 at 6:32 PM said:

Chuck, Dave, and Debbie, We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. You have our sincere sympathy. Earl and Jan
Marcia Whiteford & Ron Thompson on March 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM said:

Chuck, Dave, Debbie & families,
I wasn't able to come to visitation or the funeral but I wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you at this sad time. Your mom was always such a lady and you all meant so much to her. She took great pride in her job to be a good mother and partner with your dad. They enjoyed their later years together; and, I can remember the fun times they used to have with my parents. Our sincere sympathy to you all.
Karen Fish Arns on March 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM said:

To the 'Smith kids;"
I remember Betty as a beautiful lady that took great care of her family. She helped Bob raise some neat people. My condolences--- Karen
Chuck and Judy on March 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM said:

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Gini and Richard Bright
Bonney Lake, WA
Cleo on March 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM said:

Chuck and Judy may your memories consol you in the loss of your mother. God Bless you.
Love you guys. Cleo
Duane and Jan Thran on March 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM said:

Chuck and Judy, we are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Gary & Nancy Maurer on March 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM said:

Chuck & Judy,
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God be with you and your family especially during this difficult time.
Gary & Nancy Maurer
Pat Lundry Kruse on March 9, 2011 at 12:37 PM said:

Chuck & Judy--You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you comfort. God Bless, Pat Lundry Kruse
Jim and Jinny Smetzer on March 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM said:

Debbie and family: Our thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. All the beautiful memories gathered through the years are yours to keep for ever.
Sheryl Gosse, Adele/Clarence Williams, Oelwein on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 PM said:

Chuck, Dave & Debbie:We are sorry for the loss of your mom, she is now at home w/your dad. Treasure the memories, always be close w/each other and your families. Your mom had many talents, enjoyed her family and grandkids.
Deb and David Oldham on March 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM said:

Debbie and Randy Toenjes Family,
Our deepest sympathies. We have you in our thoughts and prayers. She is in a happy place!
David and Deb Oldham

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