Betty Littau: 1928-2019
Betty Littau, 90, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Winner Regional Long-Term Care Facility in Winner, SD.
Betty Lenore Littau was born Dec. 21, 1928 south of Carter, South Dakota to Edwin and Vera (Beckner) Sachtjen. Betty attended rural grade schools and graduated from Winner High School in 1948. She married Reuben Littau on December 26, 1949. To this union four children were born: LeRoy, Robert, Marsha and Joyce. She was baptized, confirmed and joined the Jerusalem Lutheran Church south of Carter in the spring of 1951. They lived in Todd County until they purchased their farm later that year where she resided until moving into Elder Inn in 2016 and then Winner Nursing Home in January 2018. Betty was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Witten which the family joined in 1953 after the Jerusalem Lutheran Church was closed.
Betty was active in her community and in the local and state Cattlewomen’s organizations, Tripp Co. Historical Society, St. Johns Ladies bible Study Group and her friendship club, Idle a While. But like most women in agriculture, she spent her life partnering with Reuben in their Registered Angus business, keeping books, helping organize the annual bull sale and making a loving home.
Betty was a historian, she collected a wonderful history of Carter and was very interested in her and Reuben’s family’s ancestry. She was so happy when the research was finalized enabling her to become a member of DAR and General Society of the Mayflower Descendants. She will be remembered for her very gentle and loving nature, with a caring spirit known for sending cards and notes of encouragement.
She leaves to mourn two sons, LeRoy (children Ty (Cody), Kip); Robert (Becky, children Luke (Jena), Will (Naomi), Logan (Kristi); two daughters, Marsha (Gregg Hubner, children Jesse (Jaimie), Jodi (Jason Van Ruler), Jordan, and Jamin (Jessica); Joyce (Rick Kartak, children Kirby (Amy), Kelli, Clay, and Cody (Ashley), nineteen great-grandchildren, sisters and brother-in-law Edna Haase, Leona Mathis, Arlene Post and Ted Littau, many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Alfred, sister Florence Bromwich, husband Reuben and great-grandson Wesson.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5-7PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
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