Betty Jane Milbrett, age 89, of Glencoe, formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted
She was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Hector, the daughter of David and Loretta (Zimmerman) Martin. Betty was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake.
She received her education in Buffalo Lake.
From the moment Betty met her future husband, Melvin Milbrett, her life revolved around him. They were married Nov. 5, 1943, and this union was blessed with seven children: LaRita, Melvin Jr., Lance, Lila, Shirley, Wendy and Marianne.
Betty and Mel moved around a lot during their marriage, living in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Kansas, California, Washington, and numerous places in Minnesota.
Betty worked on the farm, in a shoe factory, and at many restaurants. Betty and Mel owned a few businesses, the latest a restaurant in Lester Prairie from 1968 until their retirement, at which time they moved to Meire Grove, MN.
After Melvin’s death, Betty moved back to Glencoe until she fell and broke her hip, which brought her to St. Mary’s Care Center.
Betty was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Olivia VFW Auxiliary, and also the Red Hat Society.
She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crocheting, reading her True Story magazine, and find-a-word puzzles.
Betty is survived by her children, LaRita Jackels and her husband, Joseph, and Melvin Milbrett, all of Greenwald, MN; Lila Kapping and her husband, Mark, of Buffalo Lake, Shirley Jackels and her husband, LeRoy, of Lester Prairie, Wendy Telecky and her husband, Larry, of Hutchinson, and Marianne Lukes and her husband, Joseph, of Eagle Grove, IA.
She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren: Rose Marie Lingl (Rick), Lonnie Jackels, Gary Jackels, Mindy Kollman (Greg), Rhonda Lahr, Ronnie Lampbrecht, Chris Milbrett (Mari), Cally Milbrett, Shayne Milbrett, Nicole Milbrett, Jessica Milbrett, Amanda Milbrett, Theresa Berg (Ted), JoAnne Schmoll (Peter), Katherine Tauber, Cletus Tauber, Lance Jackels, Kandice Jackels (Terry Peterson), Thomas Telecky (Carissa), Adam Telecky (Betsy), Crystal Jessen (Jered), Geoffrey Lukes (Beth), and Shawn Lukes (Debbie); 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Betty is further survived by her siblings, Glenn Martin and his wife, Katherine, and Joyce Morelli, all of Canton, OH, and Roger Martin and his wife, Soledad, of Chula Vista, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law Arnie Milbrett and special friend, Jan, of Hutchinson, and Ruby Milbrett of Buffalo Lake; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Loretta Martin; spouse, Melvin Milbrett; son, Lance Milbrett; son-in-law, Leo Tauber; daughter-in-law, Carol Milbrett; grandchild, Michael Jackels; and great-great-grandchild, Mason Gosewisch.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Fort Ripley, MN. Pastor Katherine Rood officiated at the service, and the pianist was Twyla Kirkeby. Congregational hymns included “How Great Thou Art,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “In The Garden.”
Honorary casket bearers were Lonnie Jackels, Cletus Tauber, Chris Milbrett, and Shayne Milbrett.
Casket bearers were Gary Jackels, Adam Telecky, Lance Jackels, Geoffrey Lukes, Shawn Lukes, and Joshua Berg
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.