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Wilberta Mae "Billie" Dannenberg

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wilberta Mae "Billie" Dannenberg, 94, of Storm Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Memorial services for Wilberta will be held at a later date.

Billie was born Nov. 15, 1913, in Des Moines, the daughter of Harry and Beatrice (Littell) Caldwell. She spent her youth with her family in Storm Lake, where she attended grade school through high school. She graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1930.

On Nov. 16, 1931, Billie was united in marriage to Lawrence A. Dannenberg in Beatrice, Neb. The couple was blessed with three children: Marilyn, Linda and Jon.

Billie was a loving wife and devoted mother who loved keeping a warm and comfortable home for her family. She also worked side by side with Larry at the Willow Motel in Storm Lake until 1964. A faithful and active member of the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake, Billie served as head of the UMW funeral committee for years. She was also a member of Chapter EP of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Her hobbies were playing bridge and knitting.

Billie knitted many scarves which were sent to the soldiers. Billie's care and concern for others didn't stop there. For many years, Billie knitted the little pink and blue hats that new babies wore home from the hospital. Many more caps, lap-size and baby-size afghans were created by Billie over the years and donated to a variety of organizations, including Mr. Goodfellow, Goodwill Industries, Gingerbread House in Storm Lake, and the United Methodist Church, where they were distributed to children and others who most needed them.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence, in 1995; her son, Jon Dannenberg; her grandson, Steven Rehnstrom; son-in-law Don Rehnstrom; and one sister, Frances Hix.

Billie is survived by her daughters: Marilyn Rehnstrom of Spencer, and Linda Wade and husband, Vernon of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and close family friend, Jan Travis.

The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements. Those who wish to send online condolences to the family may do so via the funeral home website: www.fratzkejensen.com