NORTH BEND — Betty L. Marxsen, 83, of North Bend, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at her home.
She was born March 3, 1934, on a farm near Schuyler to Lloyd and Lillian (Noha) Pollard. She attended K-12 school in Schuyler and graduated in 1952.
On Aug. 12, 1952, she married Robert “Bob” Marxsen and was blessed with four sons, Ken (Lissett) and Frank (Ursula) of Omaha, David of Schuyler and Ted of Lincoln; and two daughters, Judy (John) Healy of Schuyler and Jean Foy of North Bend.
She lived on a farm north of Rogers for 50 years. After Bob's death in 1999, she moved to North Bend in 2002. Betty was a "stay-at-home mom" while being very active in her church and community. She was an officer of St. Patrick's of Clyde Guild and was chosen to represent St. Patrick's Clyde and Dublin at Area 5 meetings. She was a part of hiring Sister Helen to teach parents how to teach religion. To cover the cost of this, blue rock shoots were held weekly at the Dave Reznicek farm.
When the churches were closed, the family joined St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Bend. Betty taught fifth-grade CCD for 11 years. With help from the Archdiocese Office, she became a co-coordinator and the director of religious education for St. Charles Church. After Bob's death, she also took on the K-12 program at St. Leo's of Snyder to coordinate the two parishes. She retired from both in 2012. Betty was Archdiocesan Pastoral Council leader coordinator in Elder Ministry and attended those meetings regularly. As a member of the RELCOR (Religious Education Leader Coordinators of Omaha Rural) for over 15 years, she was one of six who planned the "Give and Take" for religious teachers in the Schuyler, Columbus and Norfolk area.
Betty was an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for over 25 years, Altar Society Secretary member for many years, belonged to Circle 6, belonged to the Christian Mothers, and was co-chairman for funeral meals. She also served on the Purple Cane Cemetery Board, was treasurer for Union Township for 16 years, and cooked at School District 92 (Tower School) for eight years. She was a member of the Friends of the Library, a book club, the Library Board and Library Foundation. Betty was the contact person for the Platte Valley Betty Club, which she formed to be part of 15 other Betty Clubs in Nebraska. She enjoyed attending the yearly Betty Conventions. She enjoyed playing cards and games with her Bunco, Tripoli and Webster Pitch Clubs and Bingo.
Betty enjoyed following the activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling on many bus tours, which took her to 25 different states. She also made trips to Mexico and Canada.
She is survived by her six children; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Pollard of Fremont and Donald Pollard of Schuyler; and brother-in-law, Marvin Mohler of David City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; sisters, Patricia Mohler, Marg Svoboda and Diane Pollard; grandchild, Jessica Healy; son-in-law, Marvin Foy; brother-in-law, Al Svoboda; and sisters-in-law, Jean Pollard and Kathy Pollard.
A funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Bend. Burial was at Purple Cane Cemetery, north of North Bend. Memorials may be given to St. Charles Catholic Church or Purple Cane Cemetery Fence Fund.
Moser Memorial Chapel of North Bend was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.