Betty Poeppel

Betty Poeppel, 91, of Gettysburg, died on March 6, 2020 at Avera Gettysburg Hospital.

A prayer service was held Sunday, March 8 at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg,  Burial will be held at a later date at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Gettysburg.

Betty Jean Lemler was born on Dec. 12, 1928, in Gettysburg, South Dakota, to John and Matilda (Michalenko) Lemler. She grew up on a farm west of Hoven, South Dakota and graduated from Hoven High School in May 1946. After working for several years in Hoven, Betty married Herman Poeppel on June 8, 1948 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven. To their marriage, six children were born.

Betty worked for several area businesses in Gettysburg: Evelyn’s, Jones Drug, Sears, Gettysburg Livestock, and the Assessor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office at the Potter County Courthouse.

Betty was a very good cook and always had homemade cookies, pies, and breads prepared for her family. She liked to sew, making dresses and costumes for her daughters. Her hobbies included gardening, embroidery, cross-stitching, square dancing, crosswords, reading, listening to country music and playing cards. She was a hard one to beat at gin rummy. 

She enjoyed having her children come for a visit and especially cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will remember and are blessed by Betty’s kindness to everyone she knew and the hard work she put into caring for her family.

Betty is survived by children; Dan Poeppel, Spearfish, SD, Louise (Greg) Kalicki, Newcastle, OK, Brenda (Don) Habbe, Rapid City, SD, Rob (Monica) Poeppel, Gettysburg, SD, and Bryan Poeppel, Farmington, MN; daughter-in-law, Julie Poeppel, Aberdeen, SD; grandchildren: Bob (Jami) Poeppel, Barb (Dave) Fritz, Adam Poeppel, Nathan Poeppel, Tara (Jesse) Vig, Sarah (Bryan) Robb, Rebecca (Tony) Althoff, Robyn Gates, Justin Gates, Ben (Megan) Habbe, Breanna (Nate) Jacobson, Eric Habbe, Colee Habbe, Anthony (Lindsey) Poeppel, Chelsey (Corey) Cronin, and Kaylee Poeppel; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Betty Lemler, Aberdeen, SD; and a niece and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Larry; her parents, John and Matilda Lemler; and her brother, James Lemler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, PO Box 285, Gettysburg, SD 57442 or Avera Gettysburg Hospital, 801 E Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Betty’s arrangements. ( 

One response to “Betty Poeppel”

  1. Lisa (Hull) Simon says:

    I was very sad to see that Betty had passed away. I remember her as I was growing up, as she and her family lived across the street from me and my family. Louise was my best friend, so we would take turns playing at each others’ house. I remember playing downstairs in their basement where Louise and I would sing (and act!) along with certain songs like “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Battle of New Orleans” I remember Betty scrubbing her kitchen/dining room floors on her hands and knees. I had not seen it done that way before, as my mom used a mop and bucket. Also, there were times when Louise and I would have a snack of peanut butter with dark Karo syrup mixed in it. I tried convincing my mom to let me mix our peanut butter with Karo syrup, but that wasn’t happening, as Louise had 5 brothers and sisters who would be able to eat it, while I was the only one that would eat it at my house! I also remember that Betty was an excellent housekeeper. Her house was always so clean, I think you could “eat off of her floors!” Lots of good memories! My sincere sympathy to her family, especially to Louise. God Bless!!

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