Betty J. Gaffney – Winthrop

Betty J. Gaffney, 95, of Winthrop, Iowa died on Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 2020 at Lexington Estates, Independence, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 A.M. Monday, February 17, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, Iowa with Rev. David Beckman and Deacon Tim Post officiating.

Visitation:  2:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. on Monday at the Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home in Winthrop.

Parish Scripture Service:  5:00 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Interment:  St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Winthrop, Iowa.

Online obituary at

Betty Jo Hickman was born on April 15, 1924 in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Harry J. & Sara (Hamilton) Hickman.  Betty excelled in school as a vocalist, playing saxophone in the orchestra, playing basketball and as a cheerleader for the boys’ basketball team.  She graduated from Winthrop High School in the class of 1941.  Following high school, Betty moved to Waterloo where she did her part in the war effort by working at John Deere.  Betty was united in marriage to Bertrand Louis “Jake” Gaffney on May 1, 1947 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Winthrop, Iowa.  After their marriage, Betty and Jake farmed southeast of Winthrop on the Gaffney family farm for many years.  They were blessed with two children:  Steve and Teri.  Betty loved farming with Jake.  She took great pride being an Iowa farmer, and kept the lawn mowed to the nine.


Betty was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and had formerly been active as a 4-H leader.  She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye sports fan; Iowa basketball was her absolute favorite.  Betty enjoyed sewing of all kinds.  Quilts, blankets, bags and table runners were her passion.  Hosting holiday dinners, being close with family and friends, were always so important to her.

Grandma Betty made the best forts, drove a great tractor, and was the best grandma and great grandma anyone could ask for.

Betty is survived by her Daughter: Teri (Tom) Brickley of Cedar Rapids;

Grandson: Adam (Jessica) Brickley of Raymond;

2 Great Grandchildren:  Cullen and Charlotte Brickley of Raymond;

Daughter-In-Law:  Ann Klever of Cedar Rapids;

Ann Klever’s Daughter:  Kris Barz of Cedar Rapids;

Ann Klever’s two Grandsons:  Cody and Tyler Barz of Cedar Rapids;

Sister-In-Law:  Ann Hickman of Independence and

1 Niece and 2 Nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Jake on December 16, 2000, son: Steve Gaffney,

2 brothers:  Robert Hickman and Don Hickman; 2 sisters:  Margaret Lamson and Mary Jean Halford and a Niece:  Michele Lamson.