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Betty L. Carlen, 88

Betty L. Carlen, age 88, of Annandale, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at Centennial Villa in Annandale.

A walk-through visitation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and a private funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, with Rev. Dave Hoadley officiating. Burial will follow at North Crow River Lutheran Cemetery in Knapp Township near Cokato.

Betty Lou Carlen was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Minneapolis to Otto and Elsie (Bauer) Blank. She was raised in Sauk Centre, graduating from Sauk Centre High School with the class of 1948. She continued her education at a trade school in the Minneapolis metro area to learn secretarial skills.

Betty was united in marriage to Paul Edward Carlen, Nov. 24, 1956, in Sauk Centre. They were blessed with three children while living in St. Louis Park. They moved to Brooklyn Park at “Triple J Ranch,” where they raised their family.

After Paul’s death in 1981, Betty moved to a townhome in Maple Grove, and later she built a home in Buffalo to be closer to family. When Betty’s health began to fail, she moved to Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, and finally to the Annandale Care Center.

Betty worked at General Mills in Minneapolis, and for many years as the counseling secretary for Osseo School District 279. In retirement, she worked for 20 years at Culver’s in Buffalo.

She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and the Buffalo American Legion Auxillary.

Betty enjoyed craft fairs, antiquing, collecting dishes, playing bingo, canning pickles, making strawberry jelly, traveling the world, and attending her kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events.

She was an excellent cook, who enjoyed gathering family and friends to her table. Betty had a soft heart for animals, especially her companion dog, Monti.

Betty is survived by her sons and daughter, Jeff (Sue) of Annandale, Jonay (Roger) Swanson of Parker Dam, CA, and Jim (Karen) of Payson, AZ; seven grandchildren, Chris, Jenna, Jacob, Sandy, David, Jaymi, and Justin; two step-grandchildren, Jeni and Lindsay; eight great-grandchildren, Holdyn, Raylan, Sawyer, Sutton, Aubrey, Wyatt, Blake, and Alberta; and three step great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Landon, and Chase.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Elsie Blank; husband, Paul; brothers, Henry, Glen “Bob,” Arnold, Donald, and Al Blank; and sisters, Fern Herder and Dorothy Kurrell.

The casket bearers will be Jeff Carlen, Jim Carlen, Jonay Swanson, Jacob Carlen, Matt Witherbee, and Tim Blank.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, tribute wall, video tribute and funeral webcast online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.

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