Betty Jane (Rasmussen) Hatrick, age 88, of Howard Lake, died peacefully Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Howard Lake, surrounded by family.
She was born March 4, 1928, in Minneapolis, to Linnea Edla Mellin. Betty was baptized as a young child at the Howard Lake Church of Christ, and her faith carried on throughout her life.
Betty grew up in Howard Lake, and graduated in 1946, from Howard Lake High School.
She married Wayne (Red) Hatrick Oct. 20, 1946, in Howard Lake.
In addition to being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Betty was a restaurant entrepreneur, and a vocalist for the Sweet Adelines.
Betty and Red began their restaurant career in the mid-1950s in Milwaukee, WI. Tragedy struck March 2, 1957, when the entire building caught fire and was destroyed, taking with it two of the Hatricks’ daughters. Betty said, “We can’t stay here anymore; it is just too painful.”
So, Betty and Red took the rest of their family and the clothes on their backs and moved to California. Within six months, they returned to Howard Lake, and opened the first Red’s Pizza. Red’s Pizza continued for many years in various locations, including Howard Lake and Nisswa, MN.
When she wasn’t working, Betty spent her time singing and traveling with the Sweet Adelines, and spoiling her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters Bonnie and Peggy; and grandson Jason Young.
Betty is survived by her children, Sherry Young of St. Cloud, Trudy (Steve) Berg of Howard Lake, Michael Hatrick of Nisswa, Jody Foss of Rochester, Thomas Hatrick of Minneapolis, and Joseph (Jennifer) Hatrick of Howard Lake; grandchildren Jammie (Mike) Hernandez, Angie Young, Jesse (Cortney) Berg, Katie (Andy) Riehle, Kelli (Chad) Burau, Michael Hatrick Jr., Collin Foss, Corey Foss, Tim Hatrick, Bailey (Sylvestre) Lopez, and Janna Hatrick; and many great-grandchildren.
Betty was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
Funeral services took place Saturday, March 19 at Dassel Church of Christ, followed by interment in the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, March 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; and continued Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the funeral service.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.