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Betty Machemehl, 79

Betty Carol Machemehl, age 79, of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Betty Carol Machemehl was born Aug. 1, 1933, in Watertown. She was the daughter of Clinton and Irene (Gloege) Rommel. She was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her Lutheran faith as a youth. She grew up in Watertown, Isle, and Rockford, where she attended grade school. She also attended Lester Prairie High School.

On June 9, 1951, Betty was united in marriage to Earl Machemehl by Rev. R.A. Ritz at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. This marriage was blessed with four daughters, Lori, Kristine, Teri and Kerri Jo.

The couple made their home on the farm and later moved to White Bear Lake, and then Lester Prairie, Minnesota. Earl and Betty shared over 59 years of marriage before Earl passed away in 2011.

In addition to being a loving homemaker and mother, Betty worked for about 10 years at Telex.

She was a long-time faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where she served on the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Card Club, and Birthday Club.

Her other enjoyments included coffee with the ladies, going to the cabin, and playing cards and bingo.

She was very grateful for all the friends she made recently at The Wellstad of Rogers Living Facility. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Lori Santillo and her husband, Chris, of Ham Lake; Kristine Willmsen and her husband, Mike, of Arlington; Teri Blasko and her husband, Scott, of Rogers; Kerri Jo Morgando and her husband, Deric, of Eagan; grandchildren, Adam Boehlke and his wife, Cassie, Stefanie Santillo, Natalie Santillo, Eric Brockhoff (fiancé, Brooke), Erin Brockhoff (fiancé, Peter), Ryan Blasko, Kaylee Blasko, Caiden Morgando, Mahryn Morgando; great-grandchildren Parker Santillo, Jordyn Santillo, Kennedy Boehlke; brothers, Wayne Rommel of Remer, James Rommel and his wife, Sue, of Edina; sisters Donna Aust of Elk River, Joni Christopher and her husband, Walter, of New Hope; sisters-in-law Irma Smith of Waconia, Shirley Dibb of Lester Prairie, Marvanna Machemehl of Winsted; brother-in-law Ralph Machemehl and his wife, Donna, of Lester Prairie; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Clinton and Irene Rommel; husband Earl Machemehl; son-in-law Virgil Brockhoff; brothers-in-law Louis Machemehl, Bill Smith, Wally Dibb, Jim Aust, Ardin Gutzmann; and sister-in-law Jo Rommel.

Memorial services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery.

Clergy officiating: Pastor Eric Nelson. Organist: Marsha Christenson. Congregational hymns: “Beautiful Savior” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Urn bearers: Adam Boehlke, Eric Brockhoff, Erin Brockhoff, Ryan Blasko, Kaylee Blasko, Caiden Morgando, Mahryn Morgando, Stefanie Santillo, and Natalie Santillo.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie.