Mrs. Michael Betz, who has been in failing health for some months, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Lohberger, one mile south of Sutherland, about 4:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon, July 17th, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 16 days. Her last illness, which was the immediate cause of her death, was of only a few days' duration, being a complication of diseases incident to old age.
Elizabeth Gengler was born April 1, 1846, in the village of Schandel, Luxemburg. In the year 1860 she came to the United States and located in the vicinity of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage to Michael Betz in 1870 and made their home at Manistee, Michigan, for several years. In 1878 they moved to Iowa, settling on a farm in Buena Vista county. They moved to O'Brien county and located on a farm in Grant township in the year 1895. In December 1906, Mr. and Mrs. Betz retired from the farm and moved to Sutherland, where they continued to reside until the demise of Mr. Betz on March 26th of this year, since which time Mrs. Betz has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Lohberger.
Ten children are left to mourn the departure of both parents whose deaths occurred hardly four months apart. One daughter, Christina, died February 5, 1905. The children who survive are: Mrs. Barney Hodapp, of Allendorf, Iowa; Mrs. John Kopp, of Primghar, Iowa; Anton Betz, of Caddo, Texas; Mrs. Henry Hopke, of Shell Lake, Wisconsin; Mrs. Frank Mathern, of La Feria, Texas; Nicholas Betz, of Milford, Iowa; and Mrs. Clarence Lohberger, John, Frank, and Michael Betz, of Sutherland, all of whom were here to attend the funeral of their mother, except Mrs. Frank Mathern. Besides these she leaves thirty-one grandchildren and a large number of friends.
Within the confines of her home, was the place where the most of the activities of Mrs. Betz were directed. She was a big-hearted, whole-souled, tender and affectionate wife and mother, and was also highly respected as a good neighbor and friend by all who knew her. She was ever ready to lend a helping hand to others, never being too tired to render such service, but always studiously refrained from asking assistance for herself. She leaves no enemies; she sacrificed and suffered hardship, but never complained. Funeral service was held at Sacred Heart Church at 10:00 o'clock, Wednesday morning, Rev. Wendl officiating.
Interment was made beside her husband in Calvary cemetery.