Betty Jane Blohm

Betty Jane Blohm was born on December 2, 1927, in White, South Dakota, to Adam and Ella (Buseman) Winkowitsch. After living for 94 precious years, she left us peacefully on October 23, 2022, to stroll into heaven with Jesus and many of her dearest loved ones.

Betty spent her childhood on farms near Parkersburg and Aplington, and attended country school. She grew up in a family of nine musically gifted children (Francis, Viola, Evelyn, Lawrence, Virginia, Mildred, Duane, and Minnie), and passed on that musical tradition to her five children (Jim, Valarie, Wanda, Troy, and Lloyd). In addition to being a loving mother, devoted wife, musician, and music teacher, Betty was well known for playing a variety of musical instruments. She traveled across Iowa to many care facilities with her “Dakota Sisters.” When the “Dakota Sisters” retired, Betty continued to travel independently to many centers to share her faith in God and her music. She would also lead the community meals at the Dumont Legion Hall.

Betty met Lanny Blohm and they were united in marriage on April 1, 1972 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. This union joined their two families together, giving Betty four step-children (Kimberly, Todd, Shelly, and Randy). Lanny and Betty enjoyed forty-eight years together. In addition to her music, Betty enjoyed traveling on vacations, her Pomeranians and many pet cats, camping, figure eight races, flower and vegetable gardening, and interacting with the people she met on her singing engagements where she shared her musical gifts. Betty was a blessing to all who knew her.

Those living to carry on her legacy are her children Lloyd (JoAnne Wallis) Eilderts, Valarie Ziegenhorn, Jim (Jane) Eilderts, Wanda Johnson, Troy (Lisa) Harkin, and Kimberly Christianson; daughter-in-law Mary Blohm; son-in-law Kevin Brannick; sisters-in-law Linda Gabe, Marla (J.R.) Blohm, and Brenda Blohm Baldwin; twenty grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, step-children Todd Blohm, Randy Blohm, and Shelly Brannick; granddaughter Alana Johnson Weaver; grandson Daniel Johnson; and son-in-law Don Ziegenhorn.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 28, 2022, at New Hope United Methodist Church in Dumont, with burial in the Bethel Reformed Cemetery, rural Aplington. A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Counsell Woodley Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Dumont is caring for Betty and her family.



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