Anna Marie Bettmeng


July 3, 1926 - June 2, 2016


Anna Marie Ripperger Bettmeng was born July 3, 1926, in Dell Rapids, SD, to Simon and Carolyn (Pierret) Ripperger.  She was the oldest of seven children.  Marie attended a country school near Colton and later Junius, SD, then attended high school in Madison, SD.  After graduation Marie went to California and worked for Lockheed Aircraft as a stenographer.  A year later she returned to attend nurse's training in Sioux Falls, and began working at the Madison Hospital in 1948.  She later went to Rapid City and worked private duty.

On October 23, 1950, Marie wed Leonard Bettmeng at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison.  The family lived in Madison until 1955 then moved to Castlewood.  While there Marie worked at the Watertown hospital.  In 1967 the family moved to Oldham, and Marie worked part time at the Lake Preston hospital.  In 1970 the family moved to Alexandria and in 1977 to Baltic.  After retirement, Leonard and Marie returned to Alexandria to their lake home, where Marie spent the remaining years of her life.

Marie was involved in numerous activities including Master Gardeners, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church ministries, Pleasure Pals Extension Club, Respect Life Representative, Sacred Heart League and S.H.I.N.E.  Since retiring, one of Marie’s most joyful pastimes was gardening, as was evidenced by her efforts in the Carmelite Convent’s gardens, as well as her own yard and gardens.

She is survived by her children: Rick Bettmeng, Lakeview, MI, Rene’ Wyatt (Curt), Corona, CA, Mick Bettmeng, Blackhawk, SD, Lori Ball (Ken), Mooresville, IN, Lois Powers (Gregg), Mesquite, NV, Bruce Bettmeng (Pam), Sioux Falls, SD, Raymond Bettmeng (Rae Jean), Overland Park, KS, Paul Bettmeng, Rapid City, SD; her sister, Darlene Stampe; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her daughter, Dene', brothers:  Harold, Gerald and Lionel, and sisters: Theresa and Dorothy. 

Marie was a great friend and servant to many and will be dearly missed.


Sunday, June 5, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saint Mary of Mercy Parish Hall
Alexandria, South Dakota


Monday, June 6, 2016
10:30 AM
Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
Alexandria, South Dakota


Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

Posted by Michele Bruntz on June 8, 2016
I knew Marie through the American Legion Auxiliary and she was one the sweetest ladies I've ever met. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan on June 6, 2016
+J.M.J.+ I was saddened to hear of the passing of +Marie. May she rest in peace. I will offer the Holy Mass for her Soul's everlasting peace. It was always a joy to pray and speak with her. May Jesus and Mary comfort all who mourn the departure of +Marie from this life.
Posted by David Lundin on June 6, 2016
I haven't seen Marie for many years, still I have great memories of staying overnight when we would get snowed in and couldn't get home. Of hunting in the hills, She was a great lady. My thoughts are with all you guys.
Posted by Mort & Karen Schooley, Leona Conner on June 5, 2016
Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We were neighbors in Castlewood, we bought the farm from them in 1969. They were such great friends and neighbors. We babysat Bruce on Sunday mornings, guess he wasn't good in church. Lots of good memories. Our sympathy.
Posted by milliepiearson on June 4, 2016
Your mother was very nice lady
God Blessings to you all
Posted by Lyle & lrene Bamsey on June 4, 2016
Sorry to hear about your Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by camille Davies on June 3, 2016
We are going to miss our Prayer warrior so much.. She was a saint on Earth but would never ever take credit for that...Bet she knows she is now. Se is in a place now where she can help save all the aborted babies and hold them in her arms. She was huge advocate for saving the babies. I am proud to say she was my friend. To her have my most sincere sympathy and prayers. I loved your Mama!!
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