Edna Bethany dies at 83

Edna Bethany, age 83 of New Hampton passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco.

Funeral service for Edna will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Peter Faugstad officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Online condolences for Edna may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Edna Helen was born April 14, 1934, the daughter of Oscar and Ella (Christensen) Nystel on the family farm in Jerico.  As a young teenager, Edna joined her aunt and uncle in Waverly where she attended Waverly High School, graduating in 1952.  After her graduation, Edna moved to Omaha Neb.  She working as a typist for Mutual of Omaha Insurance.  It was in Omaha that she met and fell in love with her husband, James Bethany.  The couple were united in marriage on Aug. 8, 1954 at Jerico Lutheran Church.  They made their home in New Hampton where they raised their two children.  Edna worked at Powell’s Variety Store on Main Street and later went to work for Sara Lee.  She retired as a baker after 27 years.  Edna enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, gardening and her dog, Angel.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Edna was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.  In her younger years, Edna was an avid bowler and a league member.

Left to cherish Edna’s memories are her children, Ron (Connie) Bethany of New Hampton and Sandra (Ron) Fallis of Ankeny; her grandchildren, Megan (Lee) Conner of Dubuque, Shane Bethany of Cedar Falls,  Chase Bethany of New Hampton, Samantha Fallis of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jordan Fallis of Peoria, Ariz., Jaden Phipps and Sierra Phipps both of Ankeny; two great-grandchildren, William and Camden and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James, earlier this year; granddaughter, Tawny Bethany; sister Clara (Albert) Schulz and brother, Omar Nystel.

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