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Orlena Mae Betzer Obituary


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Orlena Mae Betzer, age 79, passed away September 19, 2012. She was born December 9, 1932 in Alburnett, IA to Orlin and Edna (Vernon) Iehl. She graduated from Springville School, was married to Richard Betzer on June 7, 1950 and went on to be an accomplished pianist and organist. Orlena taught many students to play the piano in Arizona and Iowa. She spent many years playing the piano and organ for the Springville United Methodist Church, Springville, IA and Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ.

Orlena is survived by her best friend Richard Betzer and their children Allen Betzer of Phoenix, AZ, Debra (Edward) Murphy of Marion, IA and Phillip (Joyce) Betzer of Phoenix, AZ; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. Memorial service will be held on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church, 3039 W Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ.

An additional memorial service will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Springville United Methodist Church, 169 Broadway, Springville, IA. Pastor John Keizer will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Clark Cemetery, Central City, IA.