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When I think of Betty, it makes me smile. She had a lovely smile, was a sweet, kind, beautiful and witty woman. She was not afraid to speak her mind if she didn't like something and I admired her very much. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and friend. She was a skilled and talented cook and she taught me how to make her cucumber tomato salad which I love tot his day and think of her everytime

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Posted by: Ada Calendine - Omaha, NE - Phil Maltzahn's sister-in-law   Feb 23, 2013

When my sister started dating Phil, I had the occasion to meet Betty and Chuck. I thought she was so pretty and glamorous, and I have to so say I never saw her when she didn't look beautiful. I know that she loved cooking and catered to her family's favorite foods. I have several of her recipes and they are all delicious. She and Chuck were fun to sit and visit with and I think it's fair to say that Betty had pizzazz. I will miss her in this world and look forward to seeing her in the next.


Posted by: Mitzi Lucas Magnuson - Lincoln, NE - her daughter-in-laws's sister   Feb 21, 2013

Betty Maltzahn was my most precious Aunt. She was with my mother and father on the day of my birth (August 5, 1941) and was one of the first to hold me. Betty always told me that being there to be witness to my birth was always a very special experince in her life. That "special day" was only the beginning of a friendship that would last for the ensuing 72 years.

Even though I never lived close to Betty

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Posted by: Lloyd L. Smrkovski - Claremont, NH - Nephew   Feb 21, 2013

To the family of Betty Maltzahn,

My family moved in next to Chuck and Betty when I was about 5 years old or so. Let's just say a long time ago!! There is no way that I could ever write all of the memories that I have of both Chuck and Betty. They were the best neighbors ever. We would go over and visit when they were working in the yard and they would show us what they were doing

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Posted by: Darcy (Williamson) Crawford - Creston, IA - friend and neighbor   Feb 15, 2013

To the family of Betty Maltzahn :
We were close neighbors for many years. Your Mom and Dad would always comment on our Christmas lights . She could see them from her bedroom window. We had many visits and she was such a wise woman. She always had her makeup on and was beautifully dressed. She and Chuck were so good to us . When Doug would mow the yard, a loaf of Zucchini bread would be waiting for him, and

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Posted by: Doug and Sharon Williamson - creston, IA - Neiighbor and friend    Feb 15, 2013

Its hard to find words adequate to memorialize a great mother. So may memories and experiences that tend to shape ones future. Lessons learned both hard and easy. There is some merit in the idea that we all turn into out parents. In this case, that is a good thing. I learned courage and commitment. Learned to be outspoken and honest. No one ever had to guess my mother's position on any issue. Learned how to manage money and life

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Posted by: Steve Maltzahn - Creston, IA - Son   Feb 14, 2013

Ahh, my sweet Grandma Maltzahn. It's so nice to read the stories listed here and to remember how kind, beautiful, and charismatic of a woman she was. No doubt about it, she had some spunk. But the memories that come to me are endearing. Like waking up at Grandma and Grandpas on a holiday morning when I was a child and having fresh baked cinnamon rolls, she would attend to everyone, even as time passed, she would insist on taking

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Posted by: Todd Maltzahn - Fort Collins, CA, and Colombia - Grandson   Feb 14, 2013

My grandma is everything that I hope to be someday, an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother. I will always remember sitting around the table enjoying all her wonderful food, especially her bread and cookies. She was always so sweet to make us food and bring it over, although it never lasted long in our house. Visiting with grandma and grandpa was always something I looked forward to. I loved listening to all their stories about different trips they had been

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Posted by: Jessica Tamerius - Iowa City, IA - Great Granddaughter   Feb 14, 2013

My Grandma was beautiful! There was not a day that went by that she didn't do her hair, makeup, & put on her beautiful jewelry. She did this to the very end. Three days before she passed she called my Mom to do her hair & when she went to the nursing home the next day she asked them to bring her makeup. When I walked in her room at the very end I had to tell her how

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Posted by: Traci Tamerius - Creston, IA - Granddaughter   Feb 14, 2013

Chuck and family - so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. I did not realize that she was no longer at home. So many good memories keep popping up as I think back through the years of knowing you and Betty. God bless each of you and may you find His peace for your loss.


Posted by: Daryl and Melodee (Embree) Roberts - Eagle Grove, IA - Friends   Feb 14, 2013