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Betty Jean Brenneman Bechtel
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1924
Death: Jun. 18, 2009

Betty J. Bechtel, 84, of Cherokee, Iowa, died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Services were Monday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, with the Rev. Magrey deVega officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Betty was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Cherokee, to Rudolph and Flora (Gates) Brenneman. She attended elementary school in Cleghorn, Iowa, then graduated with the class of 1942 at Wilson High School in Cherokee. She worked as a riveter at the defense plant in Long Beach, Calif., for about a year.

On Feb. 2, 1946, she married Gerald Bechtel at the Methodist Manse in Cherokee. They made their home in Cherokee all of their lives.

She was involved with the Sioux Valley Hospital Auxiliary and the M.H.I. Auxiliary. She served as a Brownie leader and a member of the Cherokee Parks and Rec. Board. She devoted her entire life to her family.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Timmins and her husband Denny of Cherokee, Diana Thorne and her husband Jerry of Arbor Vitae, Wis., Denise Green of Cherokee and Kristine Meylor and her husband Dr. Wayne of Le Mars, Iowa; sons, Michael Bechtel and his wife Joyce of Cherokee and Dan Bechtel of Cherokee; a sister, Fern Bowen of Waunakee, Wis.; two sisters-in-law, Arlis Bechtel of Cherokee and Marilyn Bechtel of Hampton, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Don Bechtel of Cherokee; 15 grandchildren, Marc Timmins and his wife Lisa, Jeff Timmins, Stacy Jossart and her husband Chad, Doug Spence and his wife Leah, Dr. Amy Diercks and her husband Allen, Sara Kohn and her husband Jason, Jennifer Bechtel, Tana Beattie and her husband Matt, Laura Green, Dr. Neal Meylor, Lynn De Rocher and her husband Dr. Nick, Rex Meylor, Brad Meylor, Derek Bechtel and Drake Bechtel; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry on Jan. 20, 1998; four sisters, Vera, Helen, Marge and Dorothy; and brothers-in-law, Dale Bechtel and Loren Bechtel.

Betty J Behtel # 38544166
her father is # 53315506
her mother is # 53315619
Family links: 
  Rudolph Brenneman (1879 - 1964)
  Flora Gates Brenneman (1882 - 1968)
  Gerald Gene Bechtel (1925 - 1998)*
  Marge Brenneman*
  Vera Brenneman*
  Helen L Brenneman (1908 - 1996)*
  Fern A Brenneman Bowen (1910 - 2010)*
  Betty Jean Brenneman Bechtel (1924 - 2009)
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee County
Iowa, USA
Plot: OWA
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Jun 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38544166
Betty Jean <i>Brenneman</i> Bechtel
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Betty Jean <i>Brenneman</i> Bechtel
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Betty Jean <i>Brenneman</i> Bechtel
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