ABERDEEN — Betty (Hofer) Liedtke, 86, of Aberdeen and formerly of Huron, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Bethesda Nursing Home in Aberdeen.
Her funeral service will be
11 a.m., Monday, May 6, at Bethesda Church in Huron with burial to follow in the Ideal Section of Riverside Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Welter Funeral Home in Huron; or visitation one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Prayer service to begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Betty Jean Dietz was born August 20, 1932, in Garner, Iowa to Edward James Dietz and Lizzie Luella (Braland) Dietz. The family moved to a farm near Wessington in 1939. Following her father’s death in 1943, the family moved to Huron. It was there that she met and married Jacob M. Hofer April 16,1949. As Betty recalled, “I was working as a waitress in a local restaurant and Jake would come in to eat. Soon he was coming often and started requesting me to take his order. We got to know each other quite well. Later, he would manage to be there when I got off work and he would offer to take me home. I accepted and there our relationship began to grow.” They began their married life in Huron, later moved to Yale and in 1962, moved to Hitchcock where they owned and operated J & B Grocery and Locker. In 1980 they returned to Huron and established Huron Custom Meats with their son, Terry. In 1988, after selling the business to Terry, they retired and planned to spend winters in Arizona until Jake’s untimely death.
As a young mother Betty accepted the Lord as her Savior, was baptized, and became a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church in Huron where she remained a member until her death. She loved the Lord and served him in many ways including AWANA, Bible School, Ladies Missionary Society, Church Choir and being a witness and prayer warrior for many.
Betty was a wonderful example of hard work and determination for her family. Sewing, cooking and maintaining a smooth running home and business were among her greatest accomplishments, but raising their four children was her most important mission. Devotions at breakfast every morning, midweek Church, Sunday School and Church were her top priorities. One of her regrets in life was that she never finished high school. So, as an older adult Betty pursued and accomplished getting her GED. She was proud of the fact that all four of her children and all twelve grandchildren received college degrees.
Following her husband’s death in 1988, Betty resided in Huron. In 1992, she married Otis Parmely. They lived in Huron until his death in 1998. In 2000 Betty married Laurel Liedtke. The two of them enjoyed spending time with their families as well as their winters in Arizona until Laurel passed away in February of 2013.
Betty is survived by daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Terry) Hofer of Sioux Falls and their children, Steve (Tracy) Hofer, Brad (Heather) Hofer and Marcia (Cory) Case. Daughter, Karen (Forrest) Bell of Monmouth, Ore. and their children, Stephanie (Matt) Findley, Megan (Jay) McAlpin, and Jessica (Jason) Harra. Son, Tim (Sue) Hofer of Aberdeen and their children, Brianne (Eric) Bendewald, Andrew (Laura) Hofer and Kelsey (Joe) Danese. Daughter, Colleen (Vern) Jark of Aberdeen and their children, Kristin (Joe) Hawkins, Brent Jark, and Brian (Summer) Jark; and 24 great-grandchildren. Her sisters, Norma Bonnes, and Marge (Dick) Freske; brother-in-law, Dan Hammer; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her son, Terry; son-in-law, Vern Jark, two sisters, Gladys Erickson, and Charlotte Hammer; and two brothers, Orlie Dietz, and Bob Dietz; and many special in-laws, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to all of the staff at Bethesda Home in Aberdeen for the loving, attentive care they bestowed on Betty the last few years of her life. They were kind and caring and she adored each one of them.
Memorials may be directed to Bethesda Church of Huron or Bethesda Home of Aberdeen in Betty’s name.