Betty Lienau

Betty A. Lienau

Tuesday, February 28th, 1933 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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Betty A. Lienau, 86, of Lebanon, IL, born on February 28, 1933, in Windy, KY, passed peacefully on January 18, 2020, surrounded by her children.
Betty was born to Sally and Sam Hignite in Kentucky but lived her young adult life in Indianapolis, IN graduating from Warren High School in 1952. She moved to St. Louis, MO where she met Richard Lienau who she married on August 12, 1955. They lived in St. Louis and moved to Lebanon, IL where they remained and raised their family.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Richard B Lienau, parents, Sam Hignite and Sally Dildine (nee, Brown); grandparents, Henry and Gertrude Brown; mother-in-law and father-in-law Marie and Konrad Lienau; brother-in-law, Donald Holmes; and granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Lienau.
Surviving Betty and Richard are: son, Richard (Cheryl) Lienau of Lake Dallas, TX; daughter, Shirley (Lowell) Burger of Lebanon, IL; daughter, Cynthia Lienau (Jeffrey Hollenkamp) of O’Fallon, IL; son, Robert Lienau (Lisa Ketrow) of Lebanon, IL ; Julie Lienau-Ballard of Affton, MO; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren – Nathan (Kristen) Lienau and son, Samuel; Derek (Brittany) Lienau; Haley (Chris) Greenwalt; Lauren (Jason) Lamar and sons, Chase, Shane and Sawyer; Melissa Burger; Justin Lienau and sons, Kasin and Landin; Tara (Adam) Besong and daughters, Zoe and Kenzie; Taylor (Alex) Maldonado and children Elaina, Rosalena and Angelo; and, Michael Ballard; sister-in-law, Doris Holmes; nephews, Gary Holmes and Michael (Carol) Holmes and family; and niece, Susan Grant and family.
Betty enjoyed the company of family and friends and hosted Sunday lunch where her family gathered every week until she moved to Cedar Ridge Nursing Home in March of 2019 shortly after Richard’s death. Before Betty suffered from MS, she and Richard loved to dance, travel, play cards and dominoes. Betty and Richard cherished the time spent and memories made with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Special thanks to the Cedar Ridge caregivers, Greatland Hospice, Pastor Donald Wagner, Dr. Paul Reger, Joe and Marty Lawler and Deane Gorka for all their visits, care and comfort extended to Betty and her family.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on Saturday, February 15 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Lebanon, IL with visitation from 9 – 11 am, memorial service at 11 am and luncheon to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul UCC at 123 East Dee Street in Lebanon, IL 62254 or to the MS Society.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul United Church of Christ
    123 E. D
    LEBANON, IL 62254
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Paul United Church of Christ
    123 E. D
    LEBANON, IL 62254
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Luncheon to Follow


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