Betty Lou Brummer

Betty Lou Brummer

Betty Lou Brummer, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Ida Grove, IA, completed her earthly journey on June 30, 2023, at Bethany Home in Dubuque while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Betty’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Ida Grove, IA.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Betty’s family.


Betty was born on February 26, 1943, in Riceville, IA, a daughter to Leighton and Leona (Humphrey) Zobel.  She grew up with an intrinsic love for family and friends and proudly carried this trait throughout her entire life.  After high school, Betty earned her cosmetology degree and spent almost 10 years in the field before eventually moving into retail.  She enjoyed many years working with her friends at Pamida and spent her final years as an assistant manager at Casey’s before finally moving into retirement.  She was blessed to meet the love of her life, Kenneth Brummer and the couple was united in marriage in 1963.  They were blessed with three children of their own, along with 27 wonderful years together before Kenneth was called home ahead of her in 1990.  Betty was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove  and was also a proud member of the Red Hat Society.  In her free-time, Betty always enjoyed spending time in the garden.  She also possessed an adventurous streak which was quenched yearly with her girls trips with her sisters and nieces.  They traveled extensively and always found a new experience to add to their resumes on each trip.  Betty was a kind and loving soul who truly strived to leave a positive imprint on the world around her. Her legacy will live on vividly within the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her and we only pray now that her eternal reunion with her husband, children, and other family members who have been awaiting her arrival has been a glorious one.  Thank you, Betty, for living a life you can surely be proud of and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving and grace-filled arms until we all meet again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Betty include,

her son,

Mike (Diane) Brummer, Hazel Green, WI;


her two grandchildren,

Owen Brummer, Cozad, NE,

Allison Brummer, Hazel Green, WI;


her siblings,

Jim (Lois) Zobel, Ionia, IA,

Peggy Miller, Sierra Vista, AZ,

and Beverly (Ron) Hoffman, Tallahassee, FL;


her brother-in-law,

Kevin (Diane) Brummer, Ankeny, IA;


her sister-in-law,

Linnea (Kirk) Pedelty, Omaha, NE;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Brummer; her son, Mark Brummer; her daughter, Sandra Brummer; her brother-in-law, Lonnie (Eva) Brummer; and her sister-in-law, Winifred (Charles) Hebert.


Betty’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Betty, and her family.  Your tenderness and support have truly helped to bring a little peace into these very difficult days and for that we are eternally thankful.


Online condolences may be shared with Betty’s family at

To honor Betty’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Ida Grove, IA. 

3 comments on “Betty Lou Brummer
  1. Carol Welsh says:

    I was truly blessed to call Betty my Aunt. Wonderful memories of spending time with her that go way back to the family farm when I was just 2 years old.
    Those Z Gals certainly created lots of great memories on their Z Gal trips like when they went white water rafting down the Grand Canyon and camped over night there.
    Betty had such a caring nature and was always lending a helping hand.
    Her faith in the Good Lord was very evident and comforting. She enjoyed painting rocks and coasters with messages and the coaster she gave me says “Thank You Lord for this day”. I treasure that coaster on my desk which is a daily reminder of her love for me and the Lord.
    Saying Goodbye to someone you love is so very hard though I know she is in Heaven and I will see her again.

  2. Kelly Hoffman says:

    Dear Mike & Diane,
    So sorry to see your Mom’s obituary in the paper. Betty and I had A LOT of Great times working together at Pamida and Caseys!! She simply was the Best! A hard worker and Caring Friend. She’s at Peace Thinking of you Thoughts and Prayers, Kelly

  3. Kay Cork says:

    I will always remember the beautiful poems Betty would write to share when she knew her friends needed words of inspiration. The parties she hosted for her fellow singles in her home at Ida Grove many years ago were always fun plus she was a good cook. You have my sympathy.

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