Pella Chronicle


January 25, 2013

Betty Rice

Pella — Betty Jane (Hazewinkel) Rice, 88, of Marion, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service was held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marion, by Rev. Greg Williamson, with military honors. Private Family Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Marion.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Mey) Rice of Lake City, FL; her daughters, Janet (Ken) Ramstad of Marion, and Carol (Gary) Kappel of Pella; her grandchildren, James Rice, Nancy (Joe) Norris, Susan Rice, Lisa (Chris) Kistler, Amy Kappel, Rebecca Samuelson, Christopher (Mollie) Ramstad, and Jacqueline Ramstad; seven great-grandchildren, Leighla, Payton, Lucy, Betsy, Henry, Claire, and Lucas; siblings, Herbert Hazewinkel of Marion, Darlene (William) Robinson of Marion, and June (Tom) Stephens of Trinidad, CO; and sister-in-law, Nadine Hazewinkel of Marion.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Joel and Harry Hazewinkel; and sisters-in-law, Lorna and Doris Hazewinkel.

Betty was born March 31, 1924, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Henry J. and Marie S. (Kray) Hazewinkel. She graduated from Dubuque Sr. High School in 1943. Betty was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served as a WAVE during WWII from 1945 to 1946. She married Norman B. Rice on November 19, 1950 in Cedar Rapids. Norman died in 1998. Betty was a member of the American Legion Post #294 of Marion, NARFE, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion.

Betty enjoyed knitting and making baby quilts. She took the LIFTS bus to the Rockwell Collins Rec Center three times a week. Betty was a devoted mother and grandmother who was proud to have lived independently for so many years in the house that her father and husband had built.

A memorial fund has been established in Betty’s memory.

Please sign the online guestbook for Betty at under obituaries.

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