Betty Jane Van Zile

November 18, 1925 ~ July 12, 2020 (age 94)


Betty Jane Van Zile, 94 of Bethany Home passed away on July 12, 2020 at Bethany Home. Private family services were held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Betty was born on November 18, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William and Ruth (Jungwirth) Tindell. She married Herbert J. Van Zile on October 13, 1945 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Betty enjoyed time with her family and was a loving homemaker. She also enjoyed fishing, music, playing cards, reading, traveling, baking and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

She is survived by her children Joyce (Boo) Splinter, of Dubuque, Laura Blondell, of Ankeny, IA, Joan Plotner, of Johnston, IA, Becky Ernst, of Sioux Falls, SD, Jeff (Christine Sikula) Van Zile, of Dubuque, Mark (Lisa) Van Zile, of Oak Hills, CA, Marcia (Steve) Christ, of East Dubuque, IL, Christine (Fred) Scharff, of Cuba City, WI, Diane (Dave) Altfillisch, of Galena, IL. Twenty-four grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren; her brother Bill (Charlotte) Tindell and her sister Judy Gourley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Herbert; daughter Pam Pfab and two sisters Ruth Feaker and Alta Mae Tindell.

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The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Moore, Medical Associates, the staff and administration at Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque and to everyone who loved and cared for our mother. 

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