Betty Louise Koehnk

Betty Louise Koehnk

Female 1926 - 2017  (91 years)

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  • Name Betty Louise Koehnk  [1
    Born 24 Nov 1926  Everly, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Dec 2017  Spencer Hospital, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Services for Betty Runkle, 91, of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at Golfview in Spencer.  Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service.  Family will visit with friends one hour prior to the memorial service at Golfview in Spencer.  Interment will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly.  Runkle passed away Monday, Dec. 11, at Spencer Hospital in Spencer.  Betty Louise Koehnk Runkle, the daughter of Otto and Anna Bielfeldt Koehnk was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Clay County, Iowa.  She was raised on a farm southwest of Everly, graduating from Everly as valedictorian of the class of 1944.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College in 1945, taught at Merrill, Iowa and in 1946-1948 at Moneta, Iowa.  Betty married Curtis Runkle Jan. 25, 1948, at the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly.  She then was home eleven years helping raise her family before returning to teaching.  She taught in Spencer from 1959-65, Hartley 1965-68 and Everly 1968 until her retirement in 1988.  Betty attended college at night and summers, receiving her B.A. from Buena Vista in 1965 and master?s degree from the University of South Dakota in 1968.  Betty loved teaching.  In addition to Junior High reading and math at Everly, she taught night classes of Bridge, Speed Reading and Cards Las Vegas Style.  She taught all of Buena Vista?s counseling and psychology classes at the Spencer Center for seven years.  She was a volunteer golf coach for junior high and high school girls for five years.  Betty was on the Zoning and Planning Board in Everly and on the Library Board for many years.  She was president of the N.W. Unit of the Iowa American Contract Bridge for 13 years and received two national honors for the Charity Award and Goodwill Award.  Betty enjoyed golfing at Hartley for over 45 years, and held many Ladies League offices.  Betty was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards like Bridge, Gin Rummy, Blackjack and Poker.  Upon her retirement she traveled extensively overseas to over 26 countries with her daughter, Sharon, a United Flight Attendant.  She said Sharon gave her wonderful trips and Linda gave her wonderful grandchildren.  Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved son Tommy, aged three years and nine months; her grandson, Jonathan James Wieseler on April 23, 2017; sisters: Hilda Petersen, Wilma Froehlich and Jeannine Klett; and brothers: Melvin, Otto, Walter and Raymond.  Betty is survived by her husband, Curtis of Spencer; daughters: Linda Wieseler of Sioux City, Iowa and Sharon Vander Meer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; granddaughter, Jennifer Stokes of Sioux City, Iowa; great-grandchildren: Brittney and Zachary Stokes; sister-in-law, Alvena Koehnk; other relatives and many friends.  Memorials may be directed to Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, Iowa or the Spencer Public Library.  Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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    Buried 14 Dec 2017  Lone Tree Cemetery, Everly, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Betty Runkle was born Nov. 24, 1926, in a farm house by[sic] Everly to Anna and Otto Koehnk.  Runkle had seven siblings growing up, Melvin, Otto, Raymond, Walter, Hilda, Wilma and Jeannine.  She received her education in Everly and went on to State Teachers College in Cedar Falls (UNI today), Buena Vista for her B.A. and USD where she got her masters.  Betty married Curtis Runkle in 1948 in the Lutheran Church in Everly.  To this union they had Linda, Sharon and one son, Thomas (passed away at a young age); two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Runkle has taught in Spencer, Hartley, Everly and other neighboring towns over her 33 years of teaching.  She also taught night classes for six years at Buena Vista.  Runkle enjoyed golfing and taught junior high and high school golf for six years in the Everly school.  She enjoys playing bridge, poker and gin card games.  In 1980 Runkle and good friend Shay Maris started playing duplicate Bridge in cities across the nation.  Runkle enjoys the friendly staff here at Longhouse. [3]
    Person ID I56560  runkle
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2018 

    Father Otto Koehnk,   b. 1878, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1942  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Anna Christine Bielfeldt,   b. 23 Feb 1888, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1980, Everly, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Bef. 1926  Prob. Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F23979  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Curtis Clyde Runkle 
    Children 
     1. Linda Runkle
     2. Sharon Runkle
     3. Thomas Joseph Runkle,   b. 6 Dec 1950, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1954  (Age 3 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F21807  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Nov 1926 - Everly, Clay County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Dec 2017 - Spencer Hospital, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Dec 2017 - Lone Tree Cemetery, Everly, Clay County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S274] Spencer Daily Reporter, Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Month; http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2428607.html, viewed 24 Jul 2017, 17 Jul 2017.
      See general notes and image

    2. [S274] Spencer Daily Reporter, Obituary for Betty Runkle; http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2468586.html, viewed 22 Dec 2017, 13 Dec 2017.
      See death record and image.

    3. [S274] Spencer Daily Reporter, Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Month; http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2428607.html, viewed 24 Jul 2017, 17 Jul 2017.
      Died at a young age
      See general notes and image