Elizabeth “Betts” Maenner Kountze, who had ties to two pioneer Omaha families, died March 30 at her home in Cape Cod, Mass. She was 89.
Although an Omaha native, she had not lived here in several years. She graduated from Omaha Central High School and Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Both the Maenner and Kountze families have deep roots in Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mallory Kountze, in 1984. Also an Omaha native, he was a great-grandson of Herman Kountze, who, with his brothers, organized a bank that later became First National Bank of Omaha. Kountze Park and Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church are named after the family.
Mallory Kountze also was a nephew of Mrs. Gilbert M. Hitchcock, whose husband was a U.S. senator and founder of The World-Herald.
The Maenner family's real estate dealings in Omaha trace to the early 1900s.
Among her survivors is son Neely Kountze, trustee of the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation.
A graveside memorial service is set for 11 a.m. May 24 at Omaha's Forest Lawn Cemetery.
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