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Betty Lou Bergquist, 78

Betty Lou Bergquist, age 78, of Dassel, formerly of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at the St. Cloud Hospital, after battling several health issues.

She was born July 23, 1932, in Howard Lake, the daughter of Waverly and Florence (Bakeberg) Snyder. A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Betty Lou was baptized Aug. 21, 1932, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz, and confirmed in her faith April 14, 1946, by the Rev. Theo Melinat.

Betty Lou was united in marriage to Henry B. Bergquist Jan. 27, 1951, at St. James Lutheran Church. Their 59 years together were blessed with six children.

Betty Lou enjoyed camping, metal detecting, wood burning, painting, and doing various other crafts. She was an avid card player, and loved playing dice also.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Waverly and Florence Snyder; father- and mother-in-law Henry H. and Lydia Bergquist; sister-in-law Gloria Bergquist; brother Kenneth Snyder; and brothers-in-law Wilfy Decker and Norman Splettstoeszer.

Betty Lou is survived by her husband, Henry B. Bergquist; children Ben (Paula) Bergquist of Howard Lake, Dwight (special friend Sharon) of St. Cloud, Linda (Jeff) Schumacher of Lester Prairie, Doug (Mary Kay) Bergquist of Cokato, Kate (Paul) Jewett of Howard Lake, and Wanda (Jack) Buskhol of Watertown, SD. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren: Nicole Bergquist, Chad Keinholz, Samantha (Kurt) Lemke, Cassie Bergquist, Ashley (Andy) Schwindel, Staci (Travis) Hanson, Kelly Bergquist, Amanda Bergquist, Henry Jewett, Amber McGee, Kaedee Kay Bergquist, and Savanna Buskhol; and seven great-grandchildren Hunter, Keegan, and Lydia Lemke; Gracie Lideen, Skyler Bergquist, Morgan Nelson, and Payton Schwindel.

Betty Lou is also survived by a sister, Beverly Decker; sister-in-law Betty Snyder; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Jim (Donna) Bergquist, Darlene Cardinal and Harriet Splettstoeszer (Paul Carlson); nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The memorial service was Monday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Nancy Butterfass served as organist. There was visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Betty Lou’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.