Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m. at the Fonda Arts Center in Fonda. Visitation with the family present will take place one hour prior to the service at the Arts Center. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty was born on July 25, 1926, at Belgrade, Neb. to Bill and Irene (Sunderman) Koch. She lived her youth in the Fullerton, Neb. area. Betty was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. To help support her family, she went to work after completing the eighth grade. Her family moved to Farragut in 1940. She worked in the Shenandoah area for several years before she moved to Pocahontas to work for her Aunt Helen Rebhuhn. It was while she was living in Pocahontas that she was introduced to Carl Heschke. After a short courtship, they were secretly married in Jackson, Minn. on Sept. 15, 1951. After announcing their marriage (three months later), they resided on a farm east of Varina for four years and then moved to their farm east of Fonda where Betty lived until December 2011 when illness required residence at the Pomeroy Care Center.
She and Carl were blessed with three children, Carlene, Larry, and Carla. Besides being a devoted mother and housewife, Betty worked side by side with Carl on the farm. Betty loved to cook and did not like to see anyone go hungry. She was famous for her pies, cinnamon rolls, and bread. She enjoyed fishing, walking beans, dressing chickens, washing dishes, playing pitch and Chinese Checkers, coaching softball, riding bikes with her grandchildren, dancing, and watching TV. Music was a huge part of her life. She loved going to concerts and was the #1 fan of the band Phoenix. She passed on her love of music to her children and grandchildren. Being a mother and grandmother was the greatest joy of her life. Carlene, Larry, Carla, Derek, and Taryn meant the world to her.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Carlene Heschke and partner Vince Wilson of Pomeroy; Larry Heschke of Fonda; and Carla Pitstick and husband Scott of Jolley; her grandchildren: Derek Pitstick and wife Mandy of Pomeroy; and Taryn Pitstick and fiancée Clinton Butler of Fonda; her brother: Lonnie Koch and wife Shirley of Farragut, and her many relatives and friends.
Betty is now with her husband -- Carl, her parents - Bill and Irene, her brother -- Earl, and other relatives and close friends.