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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...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ada Calendine - Omaha, NE

“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...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Mitzi Lucas Magnuson - Lincoln, NE

“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...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Lloyd L. Smrkovski - Claremont, NH

“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!!...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Darcy (Williamson) Crawford - IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Doug and Sharon Williamson - IA

“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...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Maltzahn - Creston, IA

“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....Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Todd Maltzahn - Grandson

“My grandma is everything that I hope to be someday, an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother. I will always remember sitting around the table...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jessica Tamerius - Iowa City, IA

“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...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Traci Tamerius - Creston, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Daryl and Melodee (Embree) Roberts - IA

“My mother-in-law was a brave, courageous and very giving person. She was a woman of character, honesty, beauty and just the right amount of spunk. ...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki Maltzahn - Grand Island, NE

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Betty Maltzahn, 86, of Creston died Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston.

Family will receive friends Saturday, February 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Powers Funeral Home at the junction of highways 34 and 25 in Creston. Memorials are to the Arthritis Foundation. Online condolences can be left at

Beatrice "Betty" Jane Smrkovski was born January 6, 1927 in Havelock, Iowa to James Anton Smrkovski and Agnes Pauline (Hronek) Smrkovski. She was the youngest and only girl of five children. Betty graduated from Pocahontas High School. She married Charles "Chuck" Maltzahn on June 26, 1945. They lived in various places in Iowa as Chuck advanced his career in the grocery business. Wherever they lived she made their house a home and worked at various jobs outside the home. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, gardening, canning and cooking. Betty was a wonderful cook and shared her cooking skills with many family members and friends through the years by preparing meals for others whenever needed. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by; her husband of 66 years, Charles Frederick Maltzahn; two sons, Steve (wife Marilyn) Maltzahn of Creston and Phil (wife Vicki) Maltzahn of Grand Island, Neb.; three grandchildren, Traci (husband Mike) Tamerius of Creston, Scott (wife Sandra) Maltzahn of Fort Collins, Col. and Todd Maltzahn of Fort Collins, Col.; four great-grandchildren, Jessica Tamerius of Iowa City, Alex Tamerius of Creston, Avery and Andre Maltzahn of Fort Collins, Col. She was preceded in death by; her parents; four brothers, Vern Smrkovski, Lester Smrkovski, Clarence Smrkovski and Gaylord Smrkovski.