Elizabeth (Betty) Rose Kuntz, 95, Dickinson, passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at St. Luke’s Nursing Home. Visitation will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 23, 2022 with a rosary and vigil taking place at 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson Funeral Home with Deacon Bob Zent. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dickinson with Father Bill Ruelle celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Elizabeth Rose Miller was born on August 3, 1926 to Joseph and Rosemary (Hutmacher) Miller on their family farm south of Dickinson. She attended Frenzel School, south of Dickinson, through the eighth grade. On October 30, 1945 Betty married Henry Kuntz at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson. They made their home, farmed, and raised their 11 children southeast of Dickinson on the Kuntz family farm. They farmed for 42 years before moving to Dickinson in 1987.
Betty enjoyed the company of others throughout her life. She was a member of St. Pius Verein. Betty enjoyed the holidays and hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners for her family. She took great pride and joy in spending time with them. Betty always enjoyed cooking and was a cook at the Knights of Columbus Club for over 20 years. Betty was always generous with her time and volunteered at the Arc Aid spending time with her sisters and friends. If you couldn’t find her at home or volunteering, she could be found playing a game somewhere around town. Her favorite was certainly BINGO!! She loved spending time at the bingo hall and going to the casino – usually with her sisters or with anyone willing to take her. She also enjoyed pinochle and could often be found playing pinochle at the sales barn, at home with family, and later at St. Luke’s. She was ready for a game whenever she had the chance.
Betty was best known for being a kind and loving person. She loved all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren and was viewed as a mom by others as well. She had a special spot in her heart for all of the children in her life and always had a treat in her pocket for them. She loved to see them play, laugh, and smile. As she got older, she enjoyed them visiting her and playing in her room at Evergreen and St. Luke’s. She couldn’t wait to see new pictures and get her hugs.
A special thank you to Evergreen and St. Luke’s for your compassionate and loving care. She loved you all!!
Betty is survived by her children: David (Audrey) Kuntz, Belfield; Clarence (Joan) Kuntz, Dickinson; Marilyn Wanner, Gladstone; Adeline (Bob) Ingold, Manning; Arnie (Celine) Kuntz, Beulah; Arlene (Daryl) Stoltz, Rapid City; Alvin (Dorothy) Kuntz, Dickinson; Janice (Bruce) Kouba, Dickinson; Joyce Klym, Dickinson; and Fran (Dick) Murdy, Pahoa, HI; siblings: Evelyn Wehner and Cathy Machunze of Dickinson; sisters-in-law: Loretta Miller, Lefor; Magdalene Kuntz, Mildred Kuntz and Rose Fitterer of Dickinson; brother-in-law, Pete Kuntz of Dickinson; and special family member, Janie Carlson.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; parents Joseph and Rosemary Miller; son Gerald, son-in-law Norman Wanner; brothers: Art, Frank, Mike, John, Joe, and an infant brother; sisters: Laura Weiler, Lucille Tormaschy, Rose Mary Kuntz, Dorothy Tormaschy, and an infant sister; sisters-in-law: Pauline Miller, Maggie Miller, Donna Miller, Eva Weiler, Shirley Guenther, and Beverly Kuntz; brothers-in-law: George Weiler, Richard Wehner, Victor Tormaschy, William Tormaschy, Fred Kuntz, Adam Kuntz, Leo Kuntz, Markus Kuntz, Eugene Fitterer, and Peter Weiler.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to a charity of your choice in Betty's name.