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Betty Kapplinger, 85

Feb 22, 2015

Kiester Betty Kapplinger, age 85, of Kiester, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. A Funeral Service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester. Interment was in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester, the Pastor Katie Pals officiated.

Betty was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Ellsworth, the only child of Joe and Beth (Barnes) Hollander and adoptive father Joseph Sorenson. Betty was a Registered Nurse, and had worked at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea for several years. She was united in marriage to Duane Kenneth Kapplinger on Feb. 5, 1950, in Kiester. As she was an only child, she made up for it by having children and creating her own family. Betty enjoyed being a farmwife and worked hard on the farm. Betty was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, WELCA, Choir, Circle, and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Kiester Lions, Farming of Yesteryear and League of Women Voters. Betty loved to read, talk politics and religion, and most especially, spend time with her grandchildren, never missing out on their activities. She loved chocolate shakes, animals (especially her cat, Henrietta), music and playing the flute. Betty was strong-willed, opinionated, but well informed. She will be missed by her whole family.

Betty is survived by her three children, Kathleen (Marlin) Anderson, of Kiester, Kim (Nolie) Kapplinger, of Spring Grove, Kent (Eunice) Kapplinger, of Fargo, N.D.; six grandchildren, Mitchell (Becky) Anderson, of Rochester, Paula (Gary) Hitterdal, of Kasson, Annette Anderson (Brian Hoover), of Stewartville, Jill (Ty) Huber, of Rochester, Jenny (Tyler) Clementson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jamie (Kara) Kapplinger, of Kasson; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Elijah Anderson; Preston and Morgan Hitterdal; Isaiah and Ida Huber; Dylan and Ana Hoover; Annie, Brynn and Malena Clementson; Vera and Syneva Kapplinger; brother-in-law, Barry (Marcy) Kapplinger, of Kiester; nephew, Steven (Nicole) Kapplinger, of Jackson; niece: Carla Goerish, of Mankato; and her cat, Henrietta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, adoptive father, Joseph Sorenson, husband Duane in 2009, and infant son Timothy.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.