FUNERAL SERVICES: 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids with Reverend Russ Paulson officiating.
VISITATION: 5-8 P.M. Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
INTERMENT: Greenwood Cemetery
SURVIVORS: Betty’s memory will be lovingly cherished by her husband, Forrest, her daughter, Kathy (Jeff) Anderson of Park Rapids; her brother-in-law, Ronald Piepkorn of Wadena; two special nephews: Scott (Michelle) Piepkorn of Park Rapids and Terry Piepkorn of St. Peter, MN; a special niece, Susan (Roger) Sorenson of Cottage Grove, MN as well as other much loved nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunt.
BETTY IRENE SPINDLER
May 10, 1931 – April 30, 2009
Betty Irene Spindler, age 77 of Park Rapids, MN peacefully entered the gates of Heaven on Thursday, April 30, 2009 following a valiant battle against cancer at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Park Rapids with her loved ones at her side.
Betty, the daughter of Irene and Berthold Hartung, was born on May 10, 1931 in Wadena County, MN. As a child she spent much of her time on her grandparent’s farm near Blue Grass, MN. She attended country school through the eighth grade and then went on to attend the Verndale Public High School, graduating with the Class of 1949. As a young woman, Betty gained employment in the Wadena area for a number of years. In the mid-1950’s she ventured to Park Rapids where she worked as a waitress for Lundberg’s Supper Club. On March 21, 1958, Betty was united in marriage to Forrest O. Spindler in Park Rapids. This union was blessed with one daughter, Kathy. Betty devoted herself to making a warm and loving home for her husband and daughter. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious homemade apple pie. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her daughter and was also a gifted crocheter. When Kathy was older, Betty agreed to temporary work cleaning the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post #212 in Park Rapids. This “temporary” assignment turned into a 23 year long career. Betty loved to work outside and enjoyed raising many beautiful flowers into colorful splendor for all to see and enjoy. She enjoyed the mental challenge of working a good crossword puzzle. Betty loved animals and especially had enjoyed the companionship of her Beagle, Nickie. Betty was a woman of strong and abiding faith in her Lord and Savior, and it was that faith that helped her through the difficulties that life confronts us with. Even in her battle with cancer, Betty had a peace that came from her relationship with God and the time she spent being encouraged from God’s word. Above all, Betty lived out her faith in her love for others. She especially devoted her life to her husband, Forrest, to her precious daughter, Kathy and to her son-in-law, Jeff.
Betty’s memory will be lovingly cherished by her husband, Forrest, her daughter, Kathy (Jeff) Anderson of Park Rapids; her brother-in-law, Ronald Piepkorn of Wadena; two special nephews: Scott (Michelle) Piepkorn of Park Rapids and Terry Piepkorn of St. Peter, MN; a special niece, Susan (Roger) Sorenson of Cottage Grove, MN as well as other much loved nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Douglas Hartung and her sister Patricia who both died in 2002.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids with the Reverend Russ Paulson officiating. Mary Hanninen will sing, “In The Garden” and “Go Rest High On The Mountain”. The congregational hymn will be “How Great Thou Art”. The active casket bearers will be: Ronald Piepkorn, Scott Piepkorn, Terry Piepkorn, Steve Young, Ron Young, and Tom Fitzsimmons. Honorary casket bearers will be “The Girls”at the Innovis Clinic: Marti Fischer, Kathy Oines, Bev Phelps and special friend Cindy Bradow. Interment will be made in the Greenwood Cemetery of Park Rapids. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM Wednesday, May 6 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and again on Thursday beginning one hour prior to the services at the church. Following the service, a luncheon will be hosted by the Faith Baptist Church.