Bette J. Hoekman, 86

Bette Julie Hoekman, 86, Brandon, died Saturday, April 16, 2022, unexpectedly at her home from health complications.

A celebration of Bette’s life is set for 10 a.m. , Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Inurnment, along with her beloved Al, will follow at the Serviceman’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell.

Bette Julie Passehl was born June 27, 1935, in McIntosh, S.D., to Frederick and Sophia (Frank) Passehl.

Bette held different jobs during the years, such as working for the Mitchell Police Department in dispatch and as a meter attendant, home health care and Brady Memorial Nursing Home, Feinstein’s in sales, and she was in the advertising department at the Mitchell Advisor, which is where she met her husband, Al. Bette and Al were married on Dec. 2, 1973.  

Bette was a very talented artist. She did portraiture, landscapes, and still life, as well as murals for several local grocery stores. She carved hunting scenes in wood and made custom leatherwork. Her cooking was delicious, and the family still enjoys all the wonderful recipes she handed down and patiently taught. Her floral gardening was always beautiful, and she enjoyed being outdoors working on them. She was also an avid bowler, and enjoyed archery and golf. She was also a great poker player who many underestimated, much to their chip losing sorrow.

Grateful for having shared her life are six children, Mike (Jan) Karber, Hartford, Hollie Karber, Mitchell, Kim (Paul) Vuchetich, Sioux Falls, Brett (Danielle) Karber, Brandon, Vic (Suzanne) Hoekman, Abilene, Kan., and Kevin (Annie) Hoekman, Abilene, Kan.; her brother, Arnie (Liz) Passehl, Kingman, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren, Jenny, Lorenzo, Sage, Robbie, Oriya, Nathan, Matt, Kim, Chris, Ryan, Josh, Chase, Shawn, Corey, Nathan, Nick, Shauni, Tara, Tanner, Dakota, Shay, Heath, and Lane; and Bette also had 20 great-grandchildren.

Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents, Frederick and Sophia (Frank) Passehl; and her sister, Rose.

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