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In Memory of Elizabeth "Betty" A. Anderson

Mass of Christian Burial


Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Anderson (nee: Schafer), age 92, died peacefully November 4, 2020 at the family farm in St. Joseph Township, Wisconsin. 

Betty was born July 19, 1928 in Stillwater, MN to Peter & Alice (Ruemmele) Schafer.   She lived her entire life in St. Joseph Township.  She graduated from Stillwater High School where she played clarinet in the marching band.  Betty was united in marriage to Laverne Anderson on June 14, 1949 in Bayport, MN.  Betty and Laverne raised their five children on the family dairy farm, where she was “hands on” with all aspects of the hard work required to keep the farm operating.  She did not have a lot of leisure time, but made sure to have fun when she did.  She was a constant source of strength, humor, and laughter for her family and friends.

Betty loved to play cards, especially for money.  She enjoyed her trips to the casino where she loved to play the slot machines.  She enjoyed dancing and wouldn’t miss a party.  Any party or gathering involving family was where she was the happiest.  Her sister, Mary Jean Dulon, and their extended families always made sure to include Betty in their parties and family gatherings.   After they retired from farming, Betty and Laverne enjoyed spending time at the Clam Falls campground where they made some lifelong friends. 

Betty will remain in the hearts of her children:  Ken (Colleen) Anderson of Medina, MN, Karen Huftel of Hudson, WI, Jim (Cathy Thoemke) Anderson of Hudson, WI, Kathy (Craig) Strom of Maplewood, MN, and Don ( Caroline) Anderson of Hudson, WI; eleven grandchildren: Nicole (Paul) Lemmerman, Kristen (Dave) Zimmerman, Kelly Jo (Brian) Bosch, Brandon Huftel, Andy (Paris) Strom, Samantha Strom, Alyssa Anderson, Alicia (Ryan) Heise, Jared Wang (Allison), and Abby Wang (Joe); ten great-grandchildren:  Taylor Lemmerman, Connor Lemmerman, Sophia Zimmerman, Carter Zimmerman, Kody Bosch, Logan  Bosch, Jack Huftel, Alice Glowe, Vivienne Heise, Stella Wang; Sister-in-law Zona Schafer, and her “Kentucky Granddaughter” Jessica Conn.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Laverne Anderson; her parents, Pete and Alice Schafer; brother Bill Schafer, and sister Mary Jean Dulon.

Betty’s family would like to express their gratitude to Lakeview Homecare & Hospice staff for her care, especially to Betty’s nurse Devin.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine Street, Hudson, WI.  Visitation, starting at 11 am, will be held prior to the Mass, at the church.  For those unable to attend, the Mass will be live streamed on St. Patrick’s Facebook page.  The family requests that all guests wear face coverings and observe social distancing.  Interment will take place at the Houlton Cemetery, immediately following the Mass.

Cards may be sent to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 So. 11th St, Hudson, Wi 54016, 715-386-3725 www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

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    • I would like to say what a pleasure it was to have known Betty thru my friend and her son donny and Jim, she gave us the riat act a few times before one or two of our adventures. I’m pleased to know that she is now reunited with laverne and that the anderson family now has two guardian Angel’s. May god bless you all and bring you peace thru this time..

      Bill temme

    • Betty was the rock of the family and will be missed by everyone so very much. I know she would want us all to remember all the good times and there were many. I will always fondly remember her as a wonderful caring, loving, funny and amazing Mom and a great listener. She loved her family with such a passion that we will definitely feel the void in the days and years to come. Betty, I love you and I miss you already. We are all blessed to have had you in our lives and we will see again one day. Thanks for everything you were to me and how generous you were with listening, caring and loving all of us so very much.