In Memory of Elizabeth A. "Betty" Goodman

Elizabeth A. "Betty" Goodman
Elizabeth A. "Betty" Goodman
Born: July 16, 1939
Died: August 25, 2018
Age: 79
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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Goodman
July 16, 1939 - August 25, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Redenius) Goodman, age 79, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. A Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Goodman, the daughter of George and Anna (Dirksen) Redenius, was born on the family farm by Ida Grove, Iowa on July 16, 1939.  Betty grew up on the farm and received her education in Ida Grove graduating with the class of 1957.

A talented musician, Betty played the accordion and piano. This talent would lead her to play in amateur bands “The Drift Woods” and “Willow Creek”.  She has resided in Texas the last 30 years but returned home due to recent health issues.

Betty loved chocolate, Root Beer and playing cards.  She will be fondly remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor.

She is survived by her children Larry (Laura) Laposky of Helena, MT, Anna (Michael) Reitz of Battle Creek, IA, Laura Messenger of Central City, NE, and Henry Ramirez III of Willis, TX; 6 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 4 step great-grandchildren; sisters Catherine Ehrig of Ida Grove, IA and Mary Agnes (Bill) Gaffney of Omaha, NE; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Paul Redenius and George Redenius; brother-in-law Leo Ehrig; and great grandson Leo Steinbach.



7:00 p.m., Wednesday
August 29, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Honorary Pallbearers:
Betty's Nieces & Nephews


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"In The Garden"
"Amazing Grace"
"Silver Wings"


Private Family Inurnment
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9:42 AM
“Oh my... Betty Betty… the memories. SO many band gigs with Fred... they are playing "Good Hearted Woman" right now I'm sure... I still have the accordion I bought from her for my Mom... I sure can't play it like she could... but is still a great memory... RIP Betty!!!”
- Mareta Vermeys
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 1:57 PM
“ Great memories of Betty. One of my favorite was -after we dressed for PE and before the class started Betty would go to the piano in the old gym and we would ask her to play popular songs. Abba Dabba Honeymoon & Mocking Bird Hill were two I remember. What a wonderful gift she
was given. Sorry for your loss. ”
- Judy (Rupert) Wunschel
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 1:56 PM
“I always enjoyed Betty's humor. She always made me laugh. She could put a humorous angle on most anything and change the words to a song to make it funny.”
- Leona Breaman
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“I will always remember Aunt Betty with a smile! Always was happy when I got to visit with her. R.I.P. Aunt Betty!
- David Redenius
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