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MESSAGE: (#172759) Betty Jane (Kramer) Hoth Kostman
AUTHOR: Patricia Moreho
DATE: 10/20/2007 at 14:34:49
Postville Hearld Leader Saturday October 20, 2007
Betty Hoth Kostman, of Postville, entered into God's Kingdom Friday morning,
Oct. 12, 2007, at her home in Postville. She was 71.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 15, at the Community Presbyterian
Church in Postville with the Rev. Gary Catterson officiating. Special music
was provided by organist Beverly Bacon and soloist Rev. Connie Peake. Casket
bearers were Mark Kramer, Joe Kramer, Jeff Kramer, and Marty Leiran. Honorary
casket bearers were her Godchildren, Billy Jo Schlee, Kristen Kramer, and Jay
Hoth. Schutte Funeral and Cremation Service of Postville was in charge of
Betty Jean (Kramer) Hoth Kostman was born January 12, 1936, in McGregor to
Edwin Joseph and Cathirena "Katie" Mae (Preslopski) Kramer. Betty moved from
McGregor at the age of five to a rural area between Strawberry Point and
Manchester. Two years later, they moved to a farm a mile west of Strawberry
Point, where she lived until 1955, when she moved to Postville.
Betty graduated from the Strawberry Point High School and attended Iowa State
Teachers College (UNI), receiving a pre-professional teaching degree in 1955.
When teaching licensing changed to require a four year degree, Betty attended
Luther College and Upper Iowa University to earn her B.A.
She was a kindergarten and first grade teacher in the Postville School system
from 1955 to 1995. During her 36 years of teaching, she touched the lives of
1,121 students. She received the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence.
On May 25, 1957, she married Charles "Chuck" Hoth at St. Paul Lutheran Church
in Postville. To this union two children were born, Frederick Charles and
Jacque Sue. Chuck passed away Dec. 20, 1979. Betty married Paul Kostman on
June 5, 1982; he died April 30, 1990.
Betty was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Postville. She was a
member of the Women's Association, served on both the Session and as a Deacon,
taught Sunday School and was a member of the Music and Worship and Christian
Education Committees. She was a Hospice volunteer for 15 years, served on the
Postville School Board from 1995 to 2002, the Northland Agency on Aging Policy
Board, Resident Advocate for the Good Samaritan Center, a member of the
American Legion Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society, and the Retired Teachers
Association. Betty also enjoyed being a volunteer at the school, her Euchre,
Pinochle and Canasta card clubs, the Birthday Club, and her bowling team.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Katie Kramer; her husbands,
Charles Hoth and Paul Kostman; father- and mother-in-laws, Elmer and Ella
Hoth, and Paul and Dora Kostman; and brother- and sister-in-law, John and Gen
She is survived by her children, Fred (Cheryl) Hoth, Waukee, and Jacque (Tim)
Mosh, Winterset; stepchildren, Laurie (Steve) Meyer, Marshfield, Wis., Ron
(Moon) Kostman, Savage, Minn., Paula Kostman, Maplewood, Minn., and Matt
Kostman, Calmar; five grandchildren: Kara, Kelsey, and Casey Mohs, and Hannah
and Elicia Hoth; six step-grandchildren: Megan, Patrick, and Jenna Meyer,
Katie and Christine Kostman, and Marissa Frana; two brothers, John (Rose)
Kramer, Grundy Center, and Kim (Peggy) Kramer, Lake City; brothers- and
sisters-in-law, Caryl (Gary) Leiran, Postville, Delores (Neil) Howe, Bangor,
Wis., and Delmar (Janet) Kostman, Decorah.