Elizabeth R. “Betty” (McCalpin) Alger, age 83, of Delano, lost her battle with congestive heart failure Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
She was born June 20, 1929, in Waverly, to Martin and Florence (Dalbec) McCalpin.
Betty was very well-known in the community as an active member of the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, Delano Fire Ladies Auxiliary, the Delano Rosary Society, and the Delano Catholic Community.
She was more well-known by hundreds of Delano High School and Middle School students for 15-plus years as the caring and loving “Malt Lady.” When Betty served her malts, she made sure that each malt was served with kindness and a smile. Many of the students even called her Grandma Betty, as did many friends of the family.
Betty had a zest for life and a sense of humor that would make everyone fall in love with her the minute they met her.
She loved to dance and was involved in an adult dance class through her daughter’s dance studio. Her costumes included being dressed as a nun, a grandma that got run over by a reindeer, Comet the reindeer, as well as many other characters that she thoroughly enjoyed and which kept her young at heart.
Another one of her many endeavors was being employed as a demo lady at the Coborn’s grocery store in Delano. She enjoyed many conversations with the customers that were in the store; she knew and touched so many hearts that anyone who met her always had to stop and get a hug and a kiss from Grandma Betty. She was loved, and will be dearly missed.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; a daughter, Cheryl Fuller; and a son-in-law, Dennis Meyer.
She is survived by her children, Lee (Evelyn), Craig (Chris), Linda Meyer, Dan (Sandy), Mark (Mary Kay), and Shelly Reimer; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gibber (Jim) Motzko; and sisters-in-law Carol Strassburg and Madeline Lebovsky.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano.
Visitation was Friday, March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s; and continued Saturday one hour prior to the Mass, also at Martha’s Hall.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.