In Memory of Betty Lunkenheimer

Betty Lunkenheimer
Betty Lunkenheimer
Born: July 5, 1925
Died: May 26, 2017
Age: 91
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Betty Lunkenheimer
July 5, 1925 - May 26, 2017
From: Odebolt, IA

Betty Lunkenheimer, age 91, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Odebolt Specialty Care of Odebolt, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Graveside Services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, of Carroll, Iowa. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Betty J. Lunkenheimer the daughter of Melvin and Hilda (Loneman) Pietig was born on July 5, 1925, in Carroll, Iowa. She grew up during the great depression and attended St. Angela Academy in Carroll.

On August 28, 1945, Betty was united in marriage to Mike Reis.  The young couple were expecting their first daughter, Judie, when the brakes failed in Mike’s truck which resulted in taking his life on February 9, 1948.  Betty married S. J.  Lunkenheimer on September 30, 1950 and to this union two daughters were born LuAnn and Kim. The family made their home on a farm outside of Odebolt, Iowa.

Betty started a drive in named the Frosty Treat which she owned and operated for six summers serving up tasty cold treats and hot sandwiches. Betty then went to work  as a cashier for Herb’s Foodland in Odebolt for seven years, and retired from the Sac County Telephone Company after fourteen and half years of service..

Betty was a devoted member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa, and loved lending a hand in the kitchen for funeral luncheons. She belonged to the Birthday group and a local couple’s card club and enjoyed getting together with her best friend of 62 years Mrs. Marguerite Miller and Mrs. Dorothy Landgraf. She also helped many of her friends get to the Doctor and other places.   Betty was fond of her family, she loved spending time and traveling with them when she could. Especially grandchildren and great grandchildren who held a special place in her heart.  She also loved to tell stories of when she was young.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Mike Reis and S.J. Lunkenheimer; daughter Judie Reis, and sister Jean (Darrell) Paul. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters LuAnn Knobbe of Omaha, NE, and Kim (Mike) Lockhart of Bern, Kansas; grandchildren Amanda Knobbe, Justin Knobbe, Nathan Knobbe, Josh Lockhart, and Jen (Corey) Lathrop; two step grandchildren Philp and Michelle;  eight great-grandchildren; sister Bev (Chico) Kanne of Carroll, IA, and extended family and friends.


Funeral Mass:
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
May 30, 2017
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Brad Kanne
Todd Kanne
Justin Knobbe
Nathan Knobbe
Josh Lockhart
Tyler Cook
Corey Lathrop

Honorary Pallbearers

Ron Hott
Mike Lockhart
Chico Kanne
Steve Bengford
Bill Hott
Dick Loneman
George Landgraf


One Hour Prior
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
St. Martin's Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Kay Bloyer, Organist
Jim Mickelson, Cantor

"Amazing Grace"
"Gentle Women"
"Immaculate Mary"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Garveside at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Carroll, Iowa


Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8:37 PM
“LuAnn and Kim, I'm very sorry for your loss. She was of the Greatest Generation...she sounds like she was tough and had a lot of heart...I know you will miss her.”
- Kevin Krisinger
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8:37 PM
“Luann and Kim
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts,and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Tim and Kelly Paul and family.”
- Kelly Paul
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:59 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. But I am sure the coffee pot is on, and Mom, Marguarite and she are catching up on everything! Please know you are all in our prayers.”
- Marianne and Darrell Overturf
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:29 AM
“Luann and Kim, I was sorry to hear that your Mom had passed. Know that you and your families are in my prayers and thoughts. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss.”
- Chris J. Krisinger, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM
“Luann and Kim, I am so sorry that your Mom its gone. Know that you are in my prayers. My sincerest sympathy on your loss. ”
- Gerald Reichart
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Betty's passing!!
I truly enjoyed her while she would visit Marguerite. Then my time with her when we were caring for her!!
My thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time!
Julie Kitt
Home Choices”
- Julie Kitt
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM
“So sorry LuAnn and family. Prayers to you and your family. ”
- Lisa Pokorny
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM
“Luann & Kim, Thinking of you at this time. Glad we got to spend some time with your mother recently. ”
- Todd & Sue Kanne
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM
“Kim and LuAnn, I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Betty. She was such a nice lady. I'm glad I was able to spend time with her when she was in Omaha. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. ”
- Jeanne Huber
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