FOREST CITY - Betty Anne Haugen, 87, of White Bear Lake, MN. and formerly of Forest City, died Monday, November 11, 2013 at Serenity Care in White Bear Lake, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, November 15, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, with Pastor Greg Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Leland, IA.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Petersen Lund Funeral Home, 505 N. Clark Street, Forest City and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Betty Anne Haugen was born on September 21, 1926, in Leland, Iowa. She was the only child of Albert and Emma Branstad. She was fond of stating that she met the love of her life, Burton Claire Haugen, when she was five years old and he was six. Given her single-minded focus and goal-oriented nature, it is not surprising that they were married in 1948. Their marriage was blessed with four healthy children. Claire died in 1992 and Betty was left to live the last 21 years without her one true love. As she always did, Betty soldiered on with a self-denying devotion to family. Betty was also fortunate to eventually have five grandchildren and five (soon to be six) great-grandchildren.
Betty graduated from Waldorf College and taught two years of elementary school in Lakota, Iowa. She was an advocate of education for all of her children and grandchildren. After teaching, Betty then married and spent most of the rest of her life in Forest City. She was a fantastic cook of the old-school, preparing what her husband liked most, which was meat and potatoes. Her Easter hams and Sunday roasts are still the stuff of famiy legend. Betty was musical from an early age and eventually gave piano lessons to many youngsters in the Forest City area. She had a penchant for encouraging others and often picked up strays and invited them over for a meal, or to stay awhile. One of her passions in later life was missionary work at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City. All of Betty's children will attest to her ability to stretch a dollar or a meal to last for a full week. Betty's life was a simple one revolving around her children, education, nature in all its forms, and in labeling any and all items in her children's homes. Betty was a non-swimmer, who never saw a boat ride she wouldn't take the whole family on. Her adventurous spirit lives in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to remember the good times are, David and Debra of Cloquet, MN., Tom and Phyllis of Birchwood, WI., Ellen and Don of Des Moines, and Susan and Mark of Oakdale, MN. Ben and Connie, Andy and Megan, Marc, JT, Emily, Cale, Sam, Jack, Mia, Will and one not born yet.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Claire.
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