Roanoke - Betty Louise Hodel, 86, of Roanoke, passed peacefully from this life at 7:26 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2020 on the farm where she spent most of her life, surrounded by the family she dearly loved.
She was born August 13, 1933 to Louis and Louise (Mueller) Zimmerman in Forrest IL. She married William Hodel of Roanoke on June 12, 1955. He died August 16, 2014.
Surviving are two sons, Brent (Marge), and Brad (Patty), both of Roanoke; two, daughters, Boni (Edward) Stoller of Bayfield, Colorado; Barbara Jones of Roanoke; one brother, Allen (Melba) Zimmerman of Fairbury; twelve grandchildren, Sarah (Danny) Bertsch, Nathan (Jamie) Hodel, Angie (Robey) Shuck, Dustin (Mandy) Hodel, Erin (Caleb) Leman, Seth (Angie) Hodel, Michael Stoller, Kristi (Joel) Leman, Jared (Rebeka) Stoller, David Stoller, Nick (Jenna) Sizemore, Elizabeth Lowder; and thirty great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, Brian and Jacob Hodel; six brothers, Vern, Henry, Ernie, Perry, Glen, and her twin, Robert Zimmerman; four sisters, Josephine Schlatter, Leora Jean Aberle, Gladys Marjorie Kaisner, and Marion Nussbaum.
After leaving high school, Betty worked as a dental assistant until marrying her beloved Bill. She became a farm wife and homemaker, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She operated a cake decorating business from her home for many years. Betty gave her life to the Lord many years ago, and was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a positive attitude, and was always a joy to be with. She loved deeply, and was deeply loved by everyone who knew her.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no visitation. That suited Betty just fine because she didn't want anybody looking at her anyway.
Private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1st at the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Church. Church ministers will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Although the attendance is private the event will be open for the public via live streamed video by clicking the link at the roanokeacchurch.org web page. For those who do not have internet you may listen to the services by telephone 1-866-210-1669 Access Code: 9023904#
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or Apostolic Christian Harvest Call. Online condolences and tributes may be sent and shared with the family at knappjohnsonharris.com.
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