In Memory of

Beverly Orthmann

September 29, 1927 - November 15, 2018
From: Sutherland, IA
Beverly Bonnie (Bryant) Orthmann was born on her family farm near Sutherland, Iowa, on September 29, 1927 to Clair and Amy (Nelson) Bryant. She attended the local schools and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1945. While still in school, she caught the eye of friend and classmate, Kenneth Orthmann, and the two were married June 18, 1948. They began farming in Clara City, Minnesota, but eventually made their way back to Sutherland to farm and raise their family. She graduated from St Joseph’s Nursing School in Sioux City, Iowa. During her career she passionately cared for the residents and patients of Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar and Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn.

Beverly and Ken retired and moved to town in 1986, although those who knew her would never describe her as ‘retired’. A lifelong member of the Sutherland United Methodist Church, she was deeply dedicated to serving the Lord and her church. Through the years she served as Sunday school teacher, MYF leader, state and local UMW leader, and any committee that needed her oversight and commitment. She led and hosted Bible studies in her home with many area women as well. She enjoyed various other activities including gardening, antiquing, family genealogy, and watching her favorite ball teams - the Packers, the Cubs and any team Iowa fielded!!

Beverly finished her earthly journey on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at her home in Sutherland. Welcoming her to Heaven are her parents, Clair and Amy Bryant; brother, Lee Bryant and sister, Darlene Tharp; daughter-in-law, Deborah Orthmann; and in-laws, Dee Dee Bryant, Robert Tharp, Robert Engel and Robert Orthmann.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 70 years, Kenneth Orthmann; her children: Joel (Andrea) Orthmann of Marcus, IA, LeeAnn (Dave) Bigler of Lakeville, MN, Randall (Lydia) Orthmann of Peterson, IA, and David Orthmann of Sutherland; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; many dear nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. 

To her family and close friends, Beverly will long be remembered and treasured for her devoted prayer and abiding love for us. She will be profoundly missed. Memorial contributions in her name will be directed toward organizations near and dear to her heart, including the Prairie Heritage Center and the N.B. Baker Library.


Tribute Video
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20th at the United Methodist Church in Sutherland.

David Orthmann
Pastor Robin Thomas

Visitation will be AT THE CHURCH  from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 19th.
Waterman Cemetery, Sutherland


Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:28 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. She was a wonderful lady. My sympathies to all, especially Ken. God bless you all, and may He comfort you in the days ahead.”
- Lori Steele-Hubin
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“Dave and the Orthmann family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Howard & Beth Rupp
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“Ken, my deepest sympathy and love to you and your family - especially Lee who chased rainbows with me. Bev was such a lovely woman. I am so grateful that I was able to visit with both of you when I was in Sutherland four years ago.”
- Mary Arrington Edwards
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“My Sympathies to the entire Orthmann family. Bev was a special lady loved by many. I will never forget her kind heart and True Spirit. ”
- Sharon Nicholson
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“Deepest sympathy to the Orthmann family. What wonderful memories our families share. Go rest high on your mountain Beverly!!!

- Betty Rhode...Kathy Rhode...Steve and Kim Rhode
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:09 PM
“LeeAnn, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a remarkable lady. ”
- Deborah (Klinker) Opdahl
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:08 PM
“Sending my condolences to your family. Your mom (and dad) did a wonderful job raising their children. We saw her beautiful Christian spirit in Joel, LeeAnn, Randy, and David as I had siblings in the same grade of each as we attended Sutherland School. What a legacy you have and a treasure of memories. God bless your family and be your comfort at this time.”
- Laurel Jim Miller
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:32 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. My condolences to Ken and the family. A wonderful lady. I have many memories of her and her leadership at dinner date...wonderful spontaneous prayers before our meal. RIP, Bev.......Pam Harrmann”
- Pam Harrmann
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:32 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Shirley & Fred Sorensen
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:02 PM
“To the family of Bev.
Do very sorry for your lost. She was a wonderful caring lady.
Butch Engelke.”
- Butch Engelke
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:02 PM
“Condolences and prayers to the entire Orthman family. You have all held a special place in my heart my entire life. God bless each of you!”
- Jim Waggoner
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“Sorry for your loss. She was a great person”
- Ann Leonard Metivier
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“My sympathy to Beverly's family. Ken and Beverly were very good friends of my step-father, Art Taylor and looked after him after my mother passed. ”
- Dennis Meyer
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“We offer our deepest sympathy Ken and family. You have lost a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. The Sutherland community has experienced a great loss as well. ”
- Orv and Betty Taylor
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“So sorry for your loss ”
- Thomas Gieser
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM
“Ken and the entire Orthmann family, I am so very sorry about Bev's passing. She was a dynamic lady and church leader! Darlene was married to my Uncle Bobby, so we share the 3 Tharp cousins as well and know that Inez and Oscar were friends of yours. Prayers and peace to each of you. God Bless. Jan”
- Jan Reiste Pedley
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:42 PM
“Dave and family so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Randy Reusch and family
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