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Elizabeth "Beth" Miriam Engel

April 8, 1935 January 1, 2018
Elizabeth "Beth" Miriam Engel
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Obituary for Elizabeth "Beth" Miriam Engel

Elizabeth “Beth” Miriam Seydel Engel, died on January 1, 2018 at age 82 at Oaknoll in Iowa City. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 3 at Oaknoll (Spring Street wing, 5th floor).

Beth was born to Coletta and Paul Seydel in Watertown, SD on April 8, 1935. She graduated from high school in Maquoketa IA in 1953 where she was Valedictorian. She studied Elementary Education in Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, following in the footsteps of her parents, who were both secondary school educators. At Cornell she met and fell in love with Bob Engel, and they married on August 21, 1955. While Bob studied at Drew University in Madison NJ, Beth began teaching in Newark using an “emergency certificate” because she had not finished her teaching degree. They moved to Iowa City in 1958 and Beth commuted to Cornell to finish college. She then taught at Longfellow, Mark Twain, and after a break of a few years, Helen Lemme school from 1972 until she retired in 1997.

Beth and Bob loved to travel and visited every continent at least once. After retirement, she followed Bob to band camps across North America. They loved the performing arts, and Beth enthusiastically welcomed the new Hancher Auditorium. She appreciated visual beauty, both artistic and natural, and loved to grow flowers, even in her last year. Together with Bob, she supported many humanitarian causes. For example, she was an early volunteer at the Iowa City Crisis Center.

Survivors include four sons, Jeff (Mai-Lei Chen) Engel of Macomb, IL and their children Tom, Richard, and Anna; Craig (Catherine Quehl-Engel) Engel of Mount Vernon, IA and their daughter Rachel; Bradley (Dena) Engel of Tucson, AZ and their children Carter and Andrew; and Daniel Engel of Iowa City. Beth was preceded in death by her husband Bob and her brother Dick Seydel.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Beth’s name to the Iowa City Crisis Center, the Iowa City Shelter House, or Cornell College.

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2:00 PM 2/3/2018 2:00:00 PM
Oaknoll Retirement Residence

1 Oaknoll Court
Iowa City, IA 52246

Spring Street Wing, 5th Floor

Oaknoll Retirement Residence
1 Oaknoll Court Iowa City 52246 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Crisis Center of Johnson County

1121 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Shelter House

P.O. Box 3146
Iowa City, IA 52244-3146

Cornell College

Office of Advancement
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

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