Elizabeth “Betty” Weigel

Elizabeth Rae “Betty” Weigel, age 77, of Hudson, passed away on October 5, 2010 at Regions Hospital. She was born the daughter of Ray B. and Ella C. (Rolph) Willard on November 15, 1932 in Sioux Falls. Betty graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1950, Hamline University in 1954, University of Minnesota in 1956, and earned her final degree from Mankato State in 1980.

As a librarian, Betty worked for the U of MN, public libraries in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and South St. Paul, and for the Hudson Schools. She officially retired from the North St. Paul School District in 1991.

On January 20th, Betty celebrated 54 years of marriage to her husband Richard I. Weigel; they were married in 1956 in St. Paul, and were blessed with three children: Jeffrey, Robert and Teresa.

Betty volunteered with the Red Cross, at EP Rock school (reading to classes) for 17 years, with the Hudson food shelf, and as a phone counselor for the rape crisis center. She traveled all over the world: China, New Zealand, Australia, England, Norway, Scotland, Wales, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada; and she had adventures in the US: camping in the BWCA “Boundary Waters” and white water rafting in Colorado. Betty loved time at the log cabin that she and Dick built near Minong, WI 25 years ago. She also enjoyed a good game of Bridge.

Betty now joins her grandson, Andrew Hagar, in heaven. She will remain in the hearts of her husband, Dick; sons, Jeffrey (Mary Candee) Weigel of San Antonio TX, and Robert (Amy) Weigel of Farmington MN; daughter, Teri (Rick) Hagar of Hudson; eight grandchildren; brothers, Robert and Richard Willard; extended family and friends.

Her memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th at the United Methodist Church of Hudson, 1401 Laurel Ave. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:00 until 4:00.  Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home & Countryside Crematory, 715-386-3725. 

Betty requested memorials be designated to: Doctors Without Borders, The Nature Conservancy, or the Hudson Library.

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