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Betty Ann  Klatt

Betty Ann Klatt was born on June 12, 1929 to Hans and Ella (Thiessen) Hoeppner in Sutherland, Iowa. She was welcomed into the family by her two older sisters, Nina and Neva. When Betty was in the 2nd grade, the family moved to Arnold's Park, Iowa which became her home until her marriage. On March 25, 1952, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Klatt. While Bob was serving in the U.S. Navy overseas, Betty gave birth to their first son, Bruce, in Iowa. For a brief time, they lived in Boston, Massachusettes. After Bob's naval discharge, they made their home in Boulder, Colorado. In 1957, Betty gave birth to twins, Brad and Brenda. They enjoyed Colorado living for 25 years then later moved to Springfield, South Dakota. Following Bob and Betty's divorce, Charlie Einrem became Betty's support and special friend for many years.
Betty peacefully passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Avera-Sister James Care Center in Yankton where she had been residing since spring. She had attained the age of 86 years, 6 months, and 17 days.
She is survived and remembered by her three children: Bruce Klatt of Erie, CO, Brenda (Roger) Roth of Avon, SD, and Brad Klatt of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her former husband Bob, special friend Charlie, parents, a brother, two sisters, a nephew, and one grandbaby.
Betty’s family wishes to express a special thank you to the Avera-Sister James Care Center for their genuine love and compassion. Their care and kindness was greatly appreciated and made the Center feel like home to Betty and her family. Thank you.

A family graveside service will be held in Sutherland, Iowa.

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My heart aches hearing of Betty's passing. I considered her a dear friend and will miss her. It did not start out that way, I met her and Charlie as their Home Hearth nurse and at first we did not get along so well. But I came to appreciate her humor, her little dog (that dog kept her going for so much longer that we expected, no matter how sick she felt, she would get up to take ChiChi out!!) and her friendship with Charlie. They truly would have done anything for each other! I last saw my little friend one month ago or so ago and I knew she was getting weaker. Up until then, she had always been so sharp and that day she could not remember my name. Well, I am glad I did get to bring her a few ice cream blizzards to enjoy "anything but chocolate!" Betty would say! "And just a small!!" And I would tease her that I have never been able to trust a person who didn't like chocolate! I hold your family up in prayer at this time and want you to know, I am a better person and a better nurse because I meet Betty! Jan Bentzen

Jan Bentzen RN Jan 6 2016 10:51 AM