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Bessie Jane Hartwig
October 29, 2013

Bessie Jane Hartwig age 82 died Monday October 28, 2013 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.

Service will be held at 10:00am Friday November 1, 2013 At St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. Pastor Sean Hansen will officiate at the service. Visitation will be 2 to 6pm Thursday October 31, 2013 at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa. Burial will be at the Olin Cemetery in Olin. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at

Surviving is her husband William; 5 children Jane Shaw of Lisbon, Allen Hartwig of Murrieta, CA, Paula Martin of Cedar Rapids, Steven (Diane) Hartwig of Marion and Gary (Cathi) Hartwig of Napa, CA; 2 brothers Rhinehart Topping of Anamosa and Edwin Topping of Hiawatha; 3 sisters June Ulferts of Anamosa, Erna Young of Lebanon, MO and Zelda Sonders of Las Vegas, NV; 15 grand children, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Bionda Boots; a daughter-in-law Josefina and 2 sister-in-laws.

Bessie Jane Hartwig was born January 5, 1931 in Amber, Iowa. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Schoon Topping. On April 18, 1948 Bessie and William P. Hartwig Jr. were united in marriage the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Anamosa. Bessie worked as a line inspector at Rockwell Collins for 19 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, a member of the church choir in BC Nevada as well as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking and helped on the farm for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed dearly by those closest to her.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

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