Betty Ann Thorkelson, 62

Betty Ann (Berglund) Thorkelson, age 62, of Cokato, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Cokato Manor.

The funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date.

There will be a time to gather with family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Betty was born Sept. 29, 1951, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Soine) Berglund. She was baptized as an infant at the Zion-Irving Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville, and confirmed in 1965, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel.

After graduating from Dassel High School in 1969, Betty moved to Portland, OR to begin her life and see the sights. She resided in Portland until 1977, when she moved back to Dassel.

Betty was united in marriage to Brian Thorkelson in August of 1977, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in Cokato, where Betty was employed for over 20 years at National Connectors/Ablecon, and had also worked for a short time as a housekeeper at the Cokato Manor.

Betty had to overcome many obstacles in her life due to a brain tumor, but she did not let the tumor slow her down. She enjoyed her many cats that she had over the years, all by the name of “Betsy;” loved the outdoors, her flower garden, antique shopping, quilting, fishing, making watermelon pickles, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family for holidays and parties. She could always make her family laugh with a look or a short quip.

Betty is survived by her siblings, Diana (Dellas) Norgren of South Haven, Dennis (Carol) Berglund, Sandra (John) Crayford, Judy (Clarence) Schmitz, and Dale (Ivonne) Peterson, all of Dassel; and by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Brian, in 1999; her father, Robert Berglund; her mother and step-father, Dorothy and Merle Peterson; and nieces Julie Schmitz, and Jessica Peterson.

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