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Elizabeth "Betty" (Kubitz) Hogan


Elizabeth "Betty" Jane (Kubitz) Hogan, Postville, Iowa, passed away at the Good Samaritan Center in Postville, Iowa, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the age of 95. Betty was born in Caledonia, Minn., on June 30, 1922, to Edward and Jane (Reburn) Kubitz. She was baptized July 23, 1922, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in New Albin, Iowa, and confirmed at St. Mary Catholic Church in Caledonia, Minn. Betty attended schools in Houston County, Minn. Being the third-oldest, she watched over all of the kids to help her mother out, which carried through all of her years. Betty was her dad's right-hand daughter and helped with everything on the farm. In her younger years she enjoyed skiing and playing ball.
In the 1940s Betty worked at the Red Cross in Waukon and was unafraid to venture out with World War II in full force. She headed to San Diego, Calif., to work at Convair Airplane Plant and at Naval Supply Depot, along with two of her sisters and two good friends. Many wonderful times were spent traveling out there and visiting the wounded soldiers on Sunday afternoons. After spending 1944 and 1945 in California, Betty decided it was time to head back to the Midwest. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and Betty was missing her soon-to-be husband. Terry popped the question and on Oct. 24, 1953, they married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, Iowa. To this union two daughters, Colleen and Connie, were born.
They lived and farmed in the Monona and Postville areas until selling their farm and moving to Postville in 1989.
Terry and Betty enjoyed a lot of traveling, which included many bus trips and Amtrak trips, hitting every state except four. They were great fans of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls, and members of St. Bridget Catholic Church in Postville. Their love of music took them to many evenings of dancing and socializing.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Colleen Livingood of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Connie (Bob) Plaht of Luana, Iowa; two sisters, Marjorie Kramer of San Diego, Calif., and Marcie Quillin of Waukon, Iowa; sisters­in-law, Phyllis Kubitz of Waukon, Iowa, and Angie Hogan of Postville, Iowa; four grandchildren, Brandon Livingood, Blake Livingood, Kyle Klepper and Celsey Klepper; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Jane Kubitz; her husband, Terry Hogan, in 2010; son-in-law, Ed Livingood; four siblings, Lavon (Ferd) Barthelme, Bob (Sophie) Kubitz, Donna (Jim) McGovern and Bud (Helen) Kubitz; and in-laws, Bill Kramer, Ben Quillin, Margaret (Wayne) Kester, Donnie (Chuck) Bielser, Gerry (Curt) Trytten and Tom Hogan.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Scripture Service on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa. There also will be a one-hour visitation before Mass at the church on Monday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Postville, Iowa, with the Rev. Nils de Jesus Hernandez as the celebrant and assisted by deacon Pat Malanaphy.
Burial will follow at Postville Cemetery, Postville, Iowa.
Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville, Iowa, is helping the family with arrangements.