Jean C. Bettinger, 77, of Oak Grove and formerly of Nowthen and Isanti, died peacefully at home Friday, September 2, 2011.
Jean Catherine Bettinger was born May 28, 1934 in Nowthen, Minn. to Edward and Stella Mevissen. She graduated from Elk River High School in 1952. On Aug. 1, 1953 Jean married Louis Bettinger at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Anoka. They made their home in Burns Township where they farmed. Jean worked for Burns Township and was the Town Clerk for Nowthen and she was also an election judge. In 1985 they moved to Wahkon, Minn. to enjoy their retirement fishing and boating on Mille Lacs Lake, with their kids and grandkids. After Louis needed nursing home care in 1992 Jean has lived in Isanti and most recently in Oak Grove. She was devoted to church and was involved with bake sales and religious education. She loved being with her family and also enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, crocheting, cooking and baking. Her homemade buns were especially enjoyed by her family.
Jean will be lovingly remembered by her six daughters, Linda (Bill) Ryther, Mary (Paul) Dahlheimer, Carol (Mike) Tichy, Paula (Joe) Glaze, Julie Meyers, and Ruth (Brad) Kamps; three sons, Randy (Josie) Bettinger, Gary (Becky) Bettinger, and James (Cheryl) Bettinger; daughter-in-law, Dona; brother, Melvin (Sue) Mevissen; 28 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and by many other family members and friends.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; son, Leon; sisters, Dorothy and Mabel; and brothers, Lawrence, Andrew, Robert, Herman, Donald, Harold and Merle.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with Father Kevin Anderson as Celebrant. Pallbearers were Amy Ryther, Christopher Bettinger, Paul Glaze, Justin Bettinger, Patrick Dahlheimer, Timothy Meyers, Jason Bettinger, Nick Bettinger, Wayne Tichy and Danielle Kamps. Her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Interment was in Christ the King Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.