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Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ziegler, 86

Elizabeth (Betty) Krautkremer Ziegler, age 86, of Cokato, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, after a short illness.

Betty was born April 1, 1925, in Mankato, to Edward and Julia (Gobel) Krautkremer. She attended St. Peter and Paul Elementary School and Loyola High School, where she was selected homecoming queen her senior year.

Betty worked as a nurse’s aid at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato. After graduation, she attended the Army Nurse’s Corp in Chicago.

She then returned to Mankato and worked as a dental assistant.

Betty married Lyle Ziegler May 7, 1946. They began farming in the Nicollet area, and in 1958, moved to a dairy farm outside of Cokato, where they continued to farm until they sold their farm and moved into town in 1976.

Over the years, Betty worked as a purchasing agent for Land o Nod/Richwell Furniture, and at The Marketplace in the flower department.

Betty and Lyle had four children, Nancy Olson of Little Falls, Tim (Nancy) of Elk River, Ginny (Kevin) Camerer of Owatonna, and Gina Beers of Sioux Falls, SD. They had nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

While in Cokato, Betty also “adopted” another family, Robert and Audrey Webster and their five children. There was a special place in her heart for her many friends.

A long-time volunteer for her church, St. John’s Catholic Church of Darwin, Betty volunteered in many different ways over the years. She was recognized for this service by the Bishop when she was presented with the Bishop’s Medal for Service.

Betty enjoyed baking cookies, bread, buns, and cakes, and then giving them to her friends and family. She was a skilled seamstress and made wedding dresses for two of her daughters, and a granddaughter.

In later years, Betty enjoyed being a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church quilting group in Cokato. She was especially proud of the baby blankets they made for Birthright.

Betty’s love for gardening could be seen by all. She spent much time planting and caring for the flowers in her front yard and apartment.

She did not like grouchy people, and worked hard to make everyone around her smile.

Betty enjoyed going on adventures to new places, including getting lost; and experiencing new things with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Edward Jr.; and her husband.

Betty is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Fitterer of Litchfield; her children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.