Betty Ann (nee Oberdick) Ehlmann, of St. Charles, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Eugene Ehlmann, devoted daughter of the late Walter and Irene Oberdick; loving mother of Russell (Julie) Ehlmann and Susan Elizabeth Ehlmann; cherished Grandmother of Bonnie Irene Shocklin, Jonathan T. Shocklin, and Sarah Ehlmann; and dear sister-in-law of Janet (Gilbert) Leimkueler, and Margaret (the late Ramon) Finke. Preceded in death by her two sisters, Wilma (Larry) Stelzer and Karen (Dennis) Engelage.
Betty & Gene met when Gene came to the Oberdick farm in Matson to buy some steers; Walter invited him “to set a spell and have some pie and coffee to ‘seal the deal.’ “Gene was entranced by the pie, but more so by the pastry baker herself; and they were Happily Married for 66 years. Betty and Gene worked together with the Soil and Water Conservation District in St. Charles County, having served as County and State Women’s Auxiliary Chairperson. They were in one of Immanuel’s Card Clubs that met monthly for over 50 years. Betty was also a member of one of Immanuel’s Birthday Club’s that also met for over 55 years.
Betty loved to bake, with her specialties being Cinnamon Pecan Rolls, Peach and Cherry Coffee Cakes, and Angel Food cake. She would often bake these after breakfast to take out to her father-in-law, his brother Bob, and Gene for lunch as they worked in the fields.
Betty returned to work full time in 1974 at the Farmer’s CO-OP Elevator in St. Peter’s, as the bookkeeper until she retired in 1999. Betty and Gene took many trips in their retirement years, but their favorite by far was the trip they took to Germany, with their friends and relatives from the Cave Spring area led by Dr. Robert Sandfort.
They also loved to attend auctions together, where the thrill of bidding and meeting old and new friends was worth more than what they purchased. Betty’s hobby was antiques and collectibles, including but not limited to; 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair ephemera, Jim Shore pieces and Christmas memorabilia especially Santa Clauses.
Betty enjoyed spending time with all her Grandchildren and taking in all their activities. She especially loved attending every Little League game in which Jon played rejoicing, in both his winless seasons and his championship ones; watching Jon and Sarah perform in choral and dramatic productions; and Bonnie performing in her Drama Club ensembles with Community Living.
Betty will be loved and missed by many.
Memorials may be made in Betty's name to Immanuel Lutheran Music Fund.
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