Elizabeth L. "Betty" Kalvig

Jul 28, 2019
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10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Queen of Peace, Waterloo


4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m.


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the family


Elizabeth “Betty” L. Kalvig, age 94, of Evansdale, died Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Ravenwood Specialty Care.

Betty was born on July 28, 1925 in Eagle Center, the daughter of James and Annastacia (Flarherty) Marshall.

She graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1942.

Betty married Milford Kalvig on November 9, 1946 in Waterloo; they later divorced.

She worked as a beverage waitress at Bishop’s Cafeteria for 20 years until retiring in 1994. Prior to Bishop’s, she worked at St. Vincent de Paul for many years.

Betty was a devout catholic and member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, playing games and cards, and cooking – especially Rice Krispie treats and pickles. Her dog, Buddy had a special place in her heart. She treasured the time with her family and loved attending family reunions and family breakfasts.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick Kalvig and Michael Kalvig both of Waterloo; three daughters, Reginia Morrow of Elk Run Heights, Mary Ann (Steve) Heidemann of Evansdale, and Rebecca (David) Ellingson of Edgewater, FL; eight grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents; son, Daniel Kalvig; three brothers, George, James and Edward Marshall; and seven sisters, Lenora Reardon, Deloris Conlon, Frances Walters, Agnes Anderson, Pearl Jungling, Gertrude McCombs, and Marie in infancy.

These are some cherished memories from Betty’s family:

Crystal and her family came to visit grandma and when they left, grandma could not stop hugging Jordyn; she did not want her to leave. She talked about it daily. Crystal took her four children to Disneyland and had sent pictures for grandma to see; they always made her smile.

She was so witty, using so many “sayings.” She was a past member of the Eagles Club. She went to the Newell Post just to “help out.”

Betty loved music, especially piano music. Steve would serenade her with his guitar. She played piano and we would sit around it.

She loved Chad’s noodles. She sent D.J. Rice Krispie treats to Kuwait. She and Becky made popcorn balls to send to Vietnam.

Pat and Mike always brought her strawberries, raspberries, and tomatoes from the garden. They also brought her wonderful, beautiful flowers. When she saw a bouquet of flowers she would always say they came from Mike and Pat. Toward the end, she couldn’t see very well and told the nurses at Hospice that the fake flowers in the window “came from Mike and Pat.”

Always called Terry “the kid” and encouraged him in his college courses. She called Lindsey “Lynn” and asked her to take care of Mary Ann. The twins would always confuse her and she couldn’t tell one from the other; they sometimes took advantage of that.

They loved her coffee – two sugars and after breakfast had to have one sugar cookie. We had gotten her a Nook to play solitaire and when the boys came over she had to get it out and show off at age 92.

Betty loved seeing people she knew out in public. She would comment that she wouldn’t be able to leave Wal-Mart without running into someone and chatting for a bit.

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  1. james Thompson | Jul 31, 2019

    Mary Ann and Family,  

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mary Ann, you gave your all in caring for your mother.  I remember your joys and laughs when sharing about your mom's activities of the day.  Please know I will be praying for you and your mom.

  2. Carol Hackett4 | Jul 29, 2019

    I’m saddened to hear that Aunt Betty died. She indeed loved her family and kept track of us all until recently. She joins her family and son in heaven. You have my sincere condolences. 

    Carolyn (Anderson) Hackett. Agnes’s daughter

  3. RUTH BERRY | Jul 29, 2019
    Sorry to hear about your mother passing. Our prayers will be with you this week. 

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