Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Kotzebue | The Gonzales Investigator


Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Kotzebue was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She went to join her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at the age of 87.

Betty was born to the late Julius William and Mary Caka Zissa on June 18, 1934 in Shiner. She lived on the family farm until she fell in love with and married the love of her life, the late Alexander A. “Buddy” Kotzebue, on December 28, 1954, in Shiner. They moved to the Houston area for a while, then moved to Gonzales. They opened the family business, Kotzebue Drug Store, where she worked until her retirement. His selflessness and generosity were two traits that highlighted his personality. She touched the lives of so many throughout her career in pharmacy.

Betty had a green thumb when it came to plants. His hobbies and interests included gardening, bowling, cards and dominoes. She had a deep love for her family and her strong Catholic faith. Betty was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where she was active in the Alter Society and the Catholic Daughters.

We will remember Betty for her loving nature, her playfulness, her feistiness and her sometimes endearing stubbornness. The door to his house was always open for many children growing up to gather and play pool and games, watch TV, listen to music and just hang out.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Diane Connell and her husband Robbie of Gonzales, her sister, Benita Roller and her husband Joe of Shiner, her grandchildren, Kristen Connell DeCola, Zackery, Chase, Cassidy and Caleigh Kotzebue, and nine rear – grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her sons, Doug, Dwayne and David Kotzebue, her sister, Agnes Zissa, and her brother, Daniel Zissa.

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, with a rosary to be said at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. from St. James Catholic Church with Father Jason Martini officiating. Interment will follow at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery in Moulton. Porters include: Zackery Kotzebue, Chase Kotzebue, Pat Roller, Kenny Roller, Mike Lawler and Richard Zissa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at St. James Catholic Church.

Friends and family can leave their condolences and sign the guestbook by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.come. Arrangements are in the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

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