In Memory of Betty Anne McIntosh

Betty Anne McIntosh
Betty Anne McIntosh
Born: February 21, 1923
Died: September 5, 2017
Age: 94
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Betty Anne McIntosh
February 21, 1923 - September 5, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Betty Anne McIntosh, age 94, of Ida Gove, Iowa, passed away peacefully with friends and family by her side  on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial will be held from 2:00 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Ida Grove Golf & Country Club of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s name may be directed to the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa. Condolences may be sent online to

Betty Anne McIntosh passed away peacefully on September 5, 2017 at the age of 94.

Betty Anne Constantino was born February 21, 1923 in Quincy, Illinois, to Mary Lyde (Cambron) and Sam Constantino. After her mother passed away, her father was remarried to Marian Wiskirchen, the only mother she knew. She had one older brother (Sam, Jr.) and two younger brothers (Hank and Nick). Betty attended Notre Dame Academy of Quincy (NDQ) where she sang on the radio and wrote skits for “The Juniorettes”. She enjoyed cheerleading and helped introduce acrobatics into their routines. She also enjoyed dancing, archery, and was editor of the school paper, The NDQ Broadcaster.

After graduating from high school in 1940, Betty trained at St. Johns Nursing School in Springfield, IL and graduated as a Registered Nurse. Advanced training in Obstetrics and premature newborns followed at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She attended St. Louis University from 1944 until February 1945 and worked at the Firman Deloge Hospital nursery until inducted into the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Her work involved urgent care, Rheumatic Fever and Tuberculosis patients.

Shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, Ens. Constantino was assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Corona, CA, where she met her future husband Lt. Norman McIntosh, a Marine pilot, who was there to convalesce. They were married in California on July 6, 1946 and returned to Norman’s hometown of Ida Grove, IA, to raise a family.

A daughter, Bonnie, was born in 1948 and a son, Scott, in 1962. As her husband worked in livestock and real estate, Betty periodically worked with cardiac patients at the Horn Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed arranging and taking various adult continuing education classes. Betty served as an officer in the American Legion and on committees such as Chair of an Elementary School referendum, and Program Chair for the Ida Grove Historical Society. She especially enjoyed doing research for eligible Century Farm applicants. Hosting parties, playing Bridge, completing daily crossword puzzles, and listening to the opera were her favorite pastimes. She was pleased to have traveled to Turkey and Greece, as well as visiting her children and their families in various residences from New York to California.

Betty is survived by her daughter Bonnie (Rick) Liszewski of Groveland, CA and her son Scott (Eva) McIntosh of Rochester, NY; two grandsons Terence (Megan) Liszewski of Sacramento, CA and Andrew Liszewski of NYC, NY; four granddaughters Jenifer, Margaret, Mary and Lauren (“Annie”) McIntosh of Rochester, NY; two great grandsons Riley and Nealon of Rochester, NY; younger brother Hank Constantino of St. Louis, MO; nephews Lawrence, John and Paul Constantino; nieces Caroline, Llocanda and Marian; sisters-in-law Sue Sievers of Odebolt, IA and Sharon Godbersen of Ida Grove, IA; and longtime friend and caregiver Donna Treiber of Battle Creek, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Norman McIntosh; her parents Marian and Sam Constantino; brothers Sam, Jr. and Nick Constantino; in-laws Thelma and John William McIntosh, II; sisters-in-law Donna, Doris and Mary Jean.


2:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30
Ida Grove Golf & Country Club
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:17 AM
“I was so saddened to hear of Betty's passing she was a role model for me. I worked for them as a cleaning lady for 17 years. She was a very unique woman.”
- Cindy Peters
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:16 AM
“Dearest Bonnie and Scott - Betty was my dear dear friend and I cherish my life long friendship with her. I have so many memories of fun fun times with her and Norman. Betty could make the best spaghetti, play the best hand of bridge, host the best parties, and always had a positive encouraging word to say. Even as we ended up living on the West Coast - the miles didn't separate us - she always made time to stay in touch with phone calls and letters. Family was her passion. She had an open door and an open heart. She made a positive impact on the community and those around her. Im grateful and thankful for her and Normans life long friendship.

Beverly Rogge
- Beverly Rogge
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 3:26 PM
“We're sorry about the death of Betty. Though we didn't know her, we know Scott, and love him. It doesn't matter how old our mothers are when they die, it's a significant loss. We've both lost ours and we know that it changes a person. Remember the good times and get on with life knowing that you'll be ok. It takes time. Love you, Scott!
- Larry and Margaret Morrison
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:58 PM
“Sorry to hear of Betty Mac's passing. I think of your mom often in my memories of Ida Grove. As our neighbor, she's a treasured part of my childhood.”
- Nancy Pullen Gardner
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:07 AM
“I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was one of my favorite ladies to visit with here at the hospital. She lived a full life and I know she is at peace meeting back up with her husband, Norman, whom she always spoke fondly of. ”
- Sarah Harm
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:28 PM
“I was so sad to hear of Betty's passing but I was so happy I was able to talk with her on the phone recently when I worked. She told me how tired she had been and was looking forward to having her kids back in August. She was an extraordinary lady and I loved listening to her stories. Darnell”
- Darnell Dennehey
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