Elizabeth Bertina Sieps “Betty”, age 101, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2016, at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, SD. Her Funeral Service will be held at the Dell Rapids Reformed Church on Thursday, January 7th, 2016, at 10:30am. Visitation will be held at Kahler Funeral Home in Dell Rapids on Wednesday, January 6th, from 3-7pm with family present from 5-7pm. On-Line Condolences may be left at Kahler Funeral Home.
Betty was born in Bridgewater, SD on April 26th, 1914 to Joseph D. and Katherine Tschetter. She attended country school near Bridgewater, SD, Bridgewater High School, and graduated high school from Freeman Academy in 1933. She went on to attend Freeman Junior College and then earned a degree in nursing from Sioux Valley School of Nursing in 1937. Betty worked as a Registered Nurse for Sioux Valley Hospital and various VA hospitals in Hot Springs, SD, Cheyenne, WY, and Chicago, IL, and Dell Rapids Community Hospital until 1982. During her tenure as a nurse, she met Henry Sieps and they married on November 3rd, 1940. Betty was a passionate gardener and received a title of “Master Gardener” from classes she attended. She was also an avid member of the Dell Rapids Garden Club, Reformed Church Women of Dell Rapids, Dell Rapids Senior Citizens, and Sioux Valley Hospital Alumni. She and Henry traveled to Annville, Kentucky as volunteers for mission work.
Betty is survived by her son, Roger of Dell Rapids, daughter, Mary (Todd) Madson of Sioux Falls, brother, Delore (Anita) Tschetter of Sioux Falls, daughter- in-law, Jennifer Anderson of Coppell, TX, grandchildren, Nancy (Paul) Mergen of Brookings, SD, Bob (Barb) Sieps of Lincoln, NE, Lori Sieps (Ante Kutlesa) of San Jose, CA, Kelsey Madson of Denver, CO, Matt Madson (fiancé Sandy) of Minneapolis, MN, Kirsten and Jessica Madson of Sioux Falls, numerous nieces and nephews, five great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry, parents, Joseph and Katherine Tschetter, son, William “Bill”, and siblings, Anna Gross, David H., Jacob, Marie, Walter, David, John, Joe, and Theodore.