Betty Jane Garaghty


Betty Jane Garaghty, 83, of Elkader, died, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born September 8, 1930, in Guttenberg, to Jack and Frances (Walter) Mahowald. Jane graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Guttenberg.

She was united in marriage to John Garaghty on April 17, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg. Four children were born to this union. Jane raised her family on the family farm for many years and later moved into Elkader.

Survivors include her children: James Garaghty of Elkader; Peggy (Ronald) Weiland of Dubuque, Sherri (Daniel) Koenig of Dubuque; Patty (Chris) Marcov of Ames; and Kevin Garaghty of Elkader; grandchildren, Ben (Carissa) Marcov, Sam Marcov, Justin (Ashley) Wieland, Emily Wieland  (Fiancé Eric Lahr); great-grandson, Zander Wieland and sister, Adele Parker of Guttenberg.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; husband and a sister, Peppy Mahowald.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader with Rev. Paul R. Peters as celebrant. Burial followed in the church cemetery. A visitation was held Monday from 9:30 unto mass time at the church.

Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with


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