Elizabeth “Betty” E. Latch, 74, of Rockwell, died Thursday night, May 14, 2009, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home.
A Memorial Mass was held Monday, May 18, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockwell. A gathering for family and friends was held May 17 at Sacred Heart School, with a Scripture service at 5 p.m. Visitation continued one hour before services at the school. Inurnment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Rockwell. Fullerton Funeral Home, Rockwell, was in charge of the services.
Elizabeth Elaine was born Jan. 13, 1935, in Swaledale, Iowa, the daughter of William and Pearl (Weaver) Campbell. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Rockwell. On Jan. 16, 1954, she married the man she would cherish and stand by for the next 52 years, Clement R. Latch, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. To this union were born four daughters. Betty remained a loyal member of the church and was always active, participating in the Irish Fair and was the president of the Guild at least twice. As her daughters grew she was a 4-H leader and spent many hours doing all the things a mother does for her children. She was proud of her girls and her grandchildren and dearly loved to baby-sit all of them. Along with the work at home she was engaged as a certified nurses assistant at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home not just doing a job but loving the conversations and community of the home. She also candled eggs at Hejlik and Abbas Produce. She loved to go fishing with the family, tending her flowers and vegetables and spending time in her strawberry patch. Her family enjoyed all of her baking and cooking. She had an excellent sense of humor and loved playing cards with friends and neighbors. All her life and into the last of her years she was very faithful, caring, supporting, and close to her husband and mother in their time of need with their health.
Three of her four daughters survive their mother, Cheryl Latch and John Krueger of Cedar Rapids, Colleen (Paul) Barnes of Sheffield and Cathy (Matt) Panek of North Liberty; her son-in-law, Dan Wilderbuer of Cassville, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, Travis, Tonya, Ryan, Erica, Jason, Deric, Brandon, Cody, Trent, Lila, Jake and Dallas; nine great-grandchildren, Colin, Carly, Dominic, Bryson, Devin, Corey, Lily, Shea and Layla; five living of six siblings, William “Bill” (Chris) Campbell of San Antonio, Texas, Jean (Clayton) Neuroth of Las Vegas, Mary (Elmer) Vierkant of Descanso, Calif., Irene Ginapp of Rockwell and Joe Campbell of Mason City; and a whole host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clement in December 2006, her daughter, Connie Wilderbuer in September 2007; sister, Lois Vierkant; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Ginapp.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Betty Latch Memorial Fund.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.Fulertonfh.com .