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Betty Lehtola

Betty Lehtola, age 83, of Cokato, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Cokato Manor.

Betty Virginia Berg was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Middleville Township, Wright County, to William O. and Blanche (Varner) Berg. She was baptized and confirmed at Mount Hermon Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Annandale.

Betty graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1942, and the Minneapolis Beauty College in 1944. She managed her own shop in Minneapolis for four years.

Betty and Donald V. Lehtola were united in marriage April 17, 1948, at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church. They made a career of farming north of Cokato. Don always said, “no one could plow as good as my Betty.” Don passed away Sept. 11, 1992.

A member of Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, Betty served as a past member of the property and outreach committees, and as a volunteer for many years at Cokato Manor.

She was employed by Minnesota Mining, retiring after 25 years, and receiving many recognition awards.

Betty gave much loving care to her husband, family, and friends. Her home on Lake Sylvia was always a favorite place, where she and Don enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Betty will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Mary (Will) Westphal of Baxter, Minn.; nephews, William (Susan) Westphal of Iola, Wis., Robert (Cindi) Berg, Stephen (Trudy) Berg, all of Howard Lake, Scott (Marilyn) Westphal of Marysville, Wash., and John (Janell) Westphal of Baxter, Minn.; brother-in-law Rueben (Jan) Lehtola of Baxter, Minn.; sister-in-law Beatrice Lehtola of Cokato; and many grand nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John Berg.

Betty’s funeral service was Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation took place Thursday, April 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.