Betty Jean Zern, 74, of Conrad, IA passed away Monday, August 18, 2014, at Oakview Nursing Home, in Conrad under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice. Betty fought a lengthy battle with the disease of Alzheimer’s, and had recently been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Conrad United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Conrad Chapel of the Anderson Funeral… Homes. Interment will be at the Conrad cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Care Initiatives Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association, and Art Without Boundaries (art therapy program for Alzheimer’s patients) Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Betty was born May 16, 1940, in Swaledale, IA and adopted by Walter and Ada (Edwards) Pritchett as an infant. Betty was united to her birth mother, Irene Stowe of Mason City on June 11, 1966. She graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1958. Betty was united in marriage to Robert Fred Zern March 25, 1961, in Conrad. She earned her R.N. degree in 1979 from Marshalltown School of Nursing. Betty was employed by the Iowa Veterans Home, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Lennox, and lastly assisted in the training of CNAs at Marshalltown Community College. She was a member of the Conrad United Methodist Church.
Betty will be missed by two sons; Paul Zern of Conrad, David (Kari) Zern of Morton IL, a daughter, Deborah (Roy) Sharp of Conrad, six grandchildren: Allison, Robert, and Sara Sharp; Emma, Jack, and Joseph Zern; a half-sister, Carol (John) Luse of Osage IA; two half-brothers, Willis (Dotty) Stowe of Mrytle Beach SC, and Kurt (Jan) Stowe of Rockford IA. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, father Walter, and mothers Ada and Irene.
The family would like to thank the staff of Grandview Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Oakview Nursing Home, and Care Initiatives Hospice for all their care and support.