Elizabeth Ann Janssen

Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:43 am


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March 22, 1927 – May 30, 2013

Elizabeth Janssen age 86, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness.

 Funeral services were held at 11:00 Monday morning, June 3, 2013, at the Goettsch Funeral Home,  Monticello with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery.  Pastor Jamey Stout officiated at the services. Friends called from 3 until 7 Sunday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. 

  Elizabeth Ann Smith was born March 22, 1927 at Monticello, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Charles and Norma Espy, Smith.  She graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the Class of 1946.  She married Fred Ehlts in 1946, and together they had 12 children. They later divorced.  Betty married Jack Curtis July 17, 1975.  The couple lived in Dubuque and Hopkinton.  He preceded her in death on October 14, 1993.   Betty married Arthur Janssen on August 28, 1997, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton.  The couple lived in Anamosa.  Art died on May 20, 2006.  

  Besides raising her family, Betty was a hairdresser for 34 years.  She sold real estate in Dubuque from 1973 until 1975.  She took art classes for 2 years in Dubuque. She attended Clown Camp in March of 1994 and was Relda the Clown.  In 2006, at the age of 79, she published her first  book, Beth and the Serial Killer, and then published Soft Hands for Murder in 2010.

  Surviving are 10 children, Sharon Davis, Ron (Kate) Ehlts, Janis (Melvin) Dirks, Dennis (Pam) Ehlts, Rick (Jane) Ehlts, Regina (Jim) Vrooman, Betty (Loras) Hoeger, Dale Ehlts, Karen (Dennis) Tuel, Tom (Becky) Ehlts; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Stuart Smith, Leandra Hessing and Patricia Sackett. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Jack Curtis and Arthur Janssen, two sons, Paul and Robert, a grandson, Jacob Hoeger, a brother Paul Smith, and a sister, Virginia Tucker. 

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at goettschonline.com.

Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

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