Betty B. Essmann

Jun 1, 2019
Essman, Betty Crop


11:00 AM Saturday, June 8, 2019 Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel




9 to 11 a.m. before the services


Garden of Memories Cemetery


Betty B. Essmann, 93, of Clarksville, TN, formerly of Waterloo, died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Signature HealthCare of Clarksville.

She was born in December 14, 1925 in Waterloo, daughter of Benjamin F. and Lillian B. Thompson Skalsky. Betty married Kenneth J. Essmann June 5, 1948 in Waterloo; he preceded her in death in 2005.

Betty worked at John Deere as a secretary in the supply section. She also worked in the credit office at Black's and Sears Department Stores, the employment office with the State of Iowa, the billing office at Rainbow Greenhouse, and was an assistant manager and manager for Payless Shoe Store Corp.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, stained glass, reading, and doing crossword, jigsaw, and Sudoku puzzles. Betty was a member of First Lutheran Church, and volunteered with The Council on Aging, Waterloo Recreation and Arts Center, and UnityPoint Allen Hospital. She received the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award in 2010.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and nine siblings.

She is survived by her son Kenneth (Pamela Jean) Essmann of Waterloo; three daughters, Becky (Dr. David) Hamilos of Johnson City, TN, Debra (Patrick) Jaehrling of Clarksville, TN, and Kelli (Edward) Syms of Ashburn, VA; 9 grandchildren, Michael (Tara) Essmann, Jason (Teresa) Essmann, Eric Essmann, Joshua (Samantha) Jordan, Savannah Syms, Candance (Joe) Stefan, Melissa Schmitz, Bradley (Brittany) Schmitz, Zachary Schmitz; and 10 great-grandchildren.


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  1. Lisa Klasen | Jun 09, 2019

    We loved getting to know Betty while she resided

    at Arcadia Senior Living. She will be missed by

    many!  Love, Lisa Klasen

  2. Karen Brown | Jun 07, 2019

    Kelli, Savannah, Ed and family,

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to    you during this difficult time.


    Karen Brown and family


  3. Vince and Dawn Haislet | Jun 06, 2019

    Ken, Pam, Jason, Teresa and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. May she rest in peace.

    Vince and Dawn Haislet

  4. Heather Malek | Jun 05, 2019

    Ken, Pam and family we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. We will keep you our thoughts and prayers.

    Chuck, Heather Malek & Family

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