Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Hausladen) Diers, age 80, of Winsted, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the Garden House in Winsted.
She was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the daughter of Henry and Beatrice (Janikula) Hausladen Sr.
Betty was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
She graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and continued her education at the College of St. Catherine, where she graduated with a registered nursing degree. She also attended St. Francis College and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health arts at the age of 50 years.
Betty worked in the nursing profession most of her life including at St. Mary’s Hospital in Winsted, Watertown Community Hospital, Ridgeview Medical Center, Family Care Associates, and St. Mary’s Care Center, working with home care and the long term care unit. She was also able to do some private duty nursing. Nursing was an important part of her life, and she truly loved it!
Betty served on several professional committees in the community. She was very active in the American Cancer Society, was a vice-chair and state trainer for the State Women’s Cancer Issues Committee, and a presenter for workshops on cancer throughout Minnesota. She was awarded the Individual Achievement Award in Public Education in 1993, and the National Citation in Public Education in 1994.
Betty loved working with and caring for God’s people. She was instrumental in the formation of the Holy Trinity Parish Council, served on the liturgy committee for several years, was involved with the Holy Trinity Choir and the Norwood Chorus for many years, was a Eucharistic Minister, and served on the Holy Trinity Board of Education, as well as assisting the parish and school update health policies and equipment.
She was also a volunteer at Birthright, and a volunteer director of ministry to the homebound.
Betty had a love for music and enjoyed playing the organ. She also enjoyed biking, and had fun biking the 50 miles for the Holy Trinity School marathon. She loved nature, especially the birds and flowers, and said she could always see God in nature.
Betty was the historian and nurse for her family, especially the Hausladens.
She felt her greatest contribution to society was putting together a health program for the American Cancer Society for teaching teens about cancer that included teachers’ manuals, posters, brochures, and assisting with the production of a video.
She felt the most important things in her life were her faith and her family, and her greatest friend and partner was Glenn.
She is survived by loving husband, Glenn Diers; children Bruce Schurmann, Brian Schurmann (fiancée Heidi Morrison) and Brenda (Gary) Miller; step-children Mark (Patty) Diers, Janis (David) Judd, Carol (Gary) Davis, and Dean (Michele) Diers; grandchildren Theresa (Bob) Linder, Travis Schurmann, Kaitlyn Schurmann, Jeff (Liesha) Diers, Keith Diers (fiancée Bridgett Comee), Andy Judd, Beth (Dusty) Smith, Daryl Davis (special friend Holly Jackson), Dylan Davis (special friend Trish Nauber), Amanda Diers (special friend Chad Hockemeyer), Casey (Brennan) Walz, and Ben Diers; and great-grandchildren Addison Linder, Reagan Linder, Brody Jolly, Keean Davis, Jace Davis and Wallace Davis.
Betty is further survived by brothers and a sister Eugene Hausladen, Marie Zeidler, and Jim (Dianna) Hausladen, sister-in-law Alice Hausladen; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara; her parents; and brothers Henry Hausladen Jr. and Jerry Hausladen.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. There was private interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 4 at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Saturday at the funeral home, one hour prior to the Mass.
Honorary casket bearers were Mary Hausladen-Larson, Kristy Gueningsman, Mark Schurmann, Diane Mielke, and Linda Kluever.
Casket bearers were Andy Hausladen, James Hausladen, Danny Hausladen, Tony Hausladen, Scott Zeidler, and Brad Zeidler.
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.