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Betty J. (Kneifl) Pettit

Posted 2016-08-30 by Gayle Nelson
Betty J. Pettit, 80, of Sioux City passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, following a long battle with Alzheimer's at Countryside Senior Living Center.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church, with the Rev. David Hemann officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to
Betty was born on April 22, 1936, in Newcastle, NE, to Nick and Agnes (Strauss) Kneifl. She graduated from Newcastle High School and attended Nettleton Business College.
She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Ronald Pettit on June 9, 1956, in Newcastle. Betty worked for four years at the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office and for 21 years at the Sioux City Police Department as a police records supervisor.
Betty enjoyed square dancing and round dancing. She volunteered for many years as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church choir and volunteered countless hours at St. Michael Catholic School tutoring children. Along with Betty's sisters and friends, she was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed attending their many outings. She served as president for both the Sioux City Police Auxiliary and the Iowa State Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald G. Pettit; three sons and one daughter, Ronald D. Pettit, Tracie Pettit-Sininger, Jim A. (Kris) Pettit, and Kevin (Brandy) Pettit; 12 grandchildren, Matt, Mark, Mike, Jessa, Sadie, Britney, Andrew, Mikayla, Alexandra, Matthew, Cameron and Guy; six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Carter, Layna, Hunter, Lily and Remington; and five sisters and three brothers, Mary Kneifl, Carol Minor, Linda Deabler, Mary Jo (Ed) Jones, Tony (Laura) Kneifl, Jeane (Duane) Fuchser, Terry (Kathy) Kneifl, and Bob (Kim) Kneifl.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers and two sisters, Donald Kneifl, Jo Ann McGinty, Shirley Hoffert, and Nick Kneifl.
Memorials will be given to the Alzheimer's Association.