Betsy Michelle Conter, 44, of Peosta, passed away at her home Monday, Dec. 28, surrounded by her family.
A private family viewing was held at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade.
A Mass of Christian burial was at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at Holy Family New Melleray Church with Rev. Rodney Allers Presiding. Concelebrating was Deacon Jim Schmidt. Lectors were Madison Gehl, McKenna Gehl, Mia Gehl and Kathy Kalb. Giftbearers were Tricia Conter, Carter Conter and Emma Conter. Placing the pall were Mike Conter, Bev Conter, Jill Gehl, Mark Conter and Paul Conter.
Burial was in the church cemetery. Casketbearers for Betsy were Jill Gehl, Mark Conter, Paul Conter, Jason McDermott, Jim Conter, Angel Hazelwood, Mellany Greene and Chad Gehl.
Betsy was born at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Nov. 7, 1976, daughter of Mike and Beverly Conter.
Betsy attended St. Joseph’s Key West Catholic School, first through eighth grade. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1995. She attended her freshman year of college at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wis., where she played volleyball. Her volleyball career continued at the University of Dubuque, where the team made it to the NCAA D-III playoffs. Betsy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Dubuque in 1999.
After graduation, Betsy worked for Four Oaks Children & Family Services for 19 years until her cancer diagnosis forced her into medical retirement. Betsy started as a Youth Counselor at JMRT in Monticello for five years. She then transferred to the Des Moines area, where she worked her way up to a Program Manager of the School Programs in the Mid-Iowa Region. Betsy was a mentor and caring friend to the people she worked with and the clients she served. She also worked numerous part-time jobs, ranging from customer service in retail stores to a catering company.
Betsy is survived by her parents, Mike and Bev (Weber) Conter of Peosta; siblings: Jill (Chad) Gehl of Cascade, Mark Conter of Dubuque and Paul (Tricia) Conter of Cascade; nieces and nephew: Madison, McKenna and Mia Gehl, Carter and Emma Conter; aunt and uncles: Jim (Olga) Conter, Sharon Weber and Doug (Deb McClain) Weber; and cousins: Josh, Dylan, Tony, Brittany, Courtney and Mellany.
Betsy has the following immediate family members lovingly waiting to greet her: grandparents, Charles and Rita (McCarthy) Conter and Francis and Kathleen (Mangrich) Weber; uncles, Terrence and Thomas Conter.
Betsy and her family would like to express gratitude to her care team at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, giving special acknowledgement to Dr. Phadke, Angie and Holly in the Cancer Center; Dr. Pagan-Ferrer and Anne in Palliative Care and Dr. Kawasaki in Neurosurgery. Betsy always appreciated the team’s honesty, their collaborative work through her course of treatment and including her in the decisions made with her care.
Anyone wishing to send a memorial can address it to: Reiff Funeral Home., ATTN: Betsy Conter family, P.O. Box 430, Cascade, IA 52033. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.