Clara Anne Bettenhausen
September 28, 1933 - April 1, 2018

Clara Anne Bettenhausen

Clara Anne Bettenhausen
Sep 28, 1933 - Apr 1, 2018

Clara Anne Bettenhausen

Clara Anne Bettenhausen, daughter of Judge Albert and Catherine (Hill) Arms, was born September 28, 1933 in Dunning, NE and attended elementary school there. Clara moved with her family to Lincoln, NE in 1947 where she attended St. Theresa's Catholic School, Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska.

She married Harvey Bettenhausen on February 14, 1953 in St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Lincoln, NE. She was employed by Sears in Topeka, KS in their credit department, Elgin Watch Company in Lincoln in their payroll department, and Nebraska City Community Schools. After living in Nebraska the first 16 years of their marriage, Clara moved with her husband, Harvey, and their two children to Emmetsburg in 1969. She worked for Emmetsburg Community Schools for 26 years until her retirement in 1996. After her retirement, Harvey and Clara spent several winters in Arizona.

Clara died on Easter Sunday, April, 1, 2018 at the age of 84 in Emmetsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; parents, Judge Albert and Catherine Arms; four sisters: Edna Moninger, Margaret Arms, Helen Arms, Mildred Toombs; and two brothers: Albert Arms, Jr. and George Arms. She is survived by her two children, Dr. David Bettenhausen of Findlay, Ohio and Linda Renner and her husband, Kevin of Omaha, NE; and one grandchild, Elena Renner of Omaha, NE.

Clara was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the church circle. She was also a member of several bridge clubs.

Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, 2018. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday followed by a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m. at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery in Lincoln, NE. Online condolences:


Faye Daniels on Apr 6, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Clara's family. Sorry I will miss seeing you at the visitation as I'm out of town.

Ron & Sandi Chapman on Apr 5, 2018

Clara was such a dear, sweet & thoughtful friend.
She was such a special neighbor & friend to my Mother,Martha Miller.
May your Cherished memories of your loving Mother be with you always❤️
Please accept our Sincere Sympathy, Ron & Sandi Chapman

Elaine Bettenhausen on Apr 5, 2018

Clara was a wonderful lady. I'm glad to have her be part of my life. Rest in peace Clara. I know you are with Harvey now. Prayers to all🙏🏻

Joyce Funeral Home on Apr 4, 2018


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Joyce Funeral Home
2302 23rd Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
There will be a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m.


Holy Family Catholic Church
2001 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536
10:30 AM

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