Elizabeth “Betty” Blechschmidt, age 99 of Amana, Iowa, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 28, 2013, Middle Amana Community Church, Middle Amana, Iowa with Elder Jon Childers officiating. Burial will be in the Middle Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or the Amana Heritage Society. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her step-daughter, Rosie Brower of Silver Springs, Maryland; several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother Willard Dickel (Mary Lou) of Middle Amana, a sister Marie Schaefer of Davenport and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred “Joe” Blechschmidt, and two sisters, Johanna Kellenberger and Wilma Schaefer.
Elizabeth Louise Dickel was born February 9, 1914 in Middle Amana, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob and Louise Schmieder Dickel. She received her education in the Amana schools and then attended the Cedar Rapids Business School. Betty married Fred “Joe” Blechschmidt on May 18, 1944 in Missouri. He died September 23, 1987. Elizabeth was employed as a secretary for the Amana Society for many years. She worked until she was 90 years old. She was a member of the Amana Church Society.