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Elizabeth "Betty" (Erler) Jantzen

April 22, 1932 ~ December 21, 2021 (age 89)

Obituary

Elizabeth Louise Jantzen passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Copper Trace Retirement home in Westfield, IN.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Charles Jantzen whom she was deeply devoted to for 64 years and her brother, John Erler.  Betty, as she was affectionately known, is survived by her sisters, Mary Ann Ziemann (Gordon), Doris Ritmann, brother, Paul Erler (Frances) and sister-in-law, Barbara Erler.   Betty is also survived by her six children and their collective spouses, Jim and Amy Jantzen, Tom Jantzen, Judy and Gary Crawford, Lisa and Kevin Creighton, Bev and Darren Nathan, and Jenny and Eric Wright.  They have seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren too numerous to name.  God truly has blessed the Jantzen family.

Funeral services will be handled by Fagen-Miller Funeral Home and held directly at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9009 Kennedy Ave in Highland, on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, with visiting from 11:30 am until the time of service at 12:30 pm. Burial Chapel Lawn Cemetery.

Betty was born in Valparaiso, Indiana to John and Esther Erler on April 22, 1932.  She later moved to Gary, Indiana which is where she met her husband, Bill Jantzen, on a blind date and later married at age 22.  They moved to Highland where they lived and raised their family.  Betty began playing the piano and organ at a young age and was soon playing for church services at age 12.  This was the beginning of a long-devoted career as a church organist and choir director.  She worked for La Hayne funeral home and was also the church organist and choir director at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Highland, Indiana for over 50 years.  Betty and Bill faithfully attended and served at Redeemer Lutheran for many years.  Her faith in God was the cornerstone of her life.  Betty was known for her gift of hospitality and passion for cooking.  However, she is mostly known for her love and devotion to her children and grandchildren.  Her life was a fountain of love and encouragement to everyone.  She was a faithful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was loved by many and will be missed by all.   

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Services

Viewing
Wednesday
December 29, 2021

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church
9009 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

Funeral Service
Wednesday
December 29, 2021

12:30 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church
9009 Kennedy Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

Interment following funeral service
Wednesday
December 29, 2021

Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens
8178 Cline Ave
Crown Point, IN 46307

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