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Betty Cordes, 89

Apr 12, 2015

Bemidji Funeral service for Betty Cordes, age 89, of Bemidji, formerly of Granada, were held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. Betty passed away, with loved ones at her side, on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015 at the Bemidji Hospital.

Betty was born on Jan. 8, 1926 in Le Mars, Iowa, to Arthur and Lillian (Kolander) Nelson. She was baptized in Le Mars on May 23, 1926. The family lived in several locations while she was growing up. Most of them were in Minnesota. During World War II, Betty moved, with her family, to Portland, Ore. where she worked in the shipyards delivering mail on a scooter.

Betty Jane Nelson and Howard G. Cordes were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blue Earth on September 10, 1945. In 1947, they purchased a farm near Granada where they lived and farmed for 58 years. For 28 of those years, she also worked in a factory in Fairmont that packaged frozen foods. She and Howard contributed many hours of service as members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont.

Betty loved to garden and to preserve what she raised by canning or freezing. She was a great cook and is remembered by her children and grandchildren for the great feasts that she prepared for all the holidays. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and ceramics. She enjoyed reading and spending as much time as she could watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. Betty and Howard moved to Bemidji in 2005 because of health issues. There they continued their worship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

She is survived by children, Margaret (Earl) McNea, of Bemidji, Sharon Edinger, of Burnsville and Susan (Dennis) Scheppmann, of Chanhassen; seven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her parents, her brother DeWain (Elaine) Nelson, Albert Lea, and two great grandsons, Samuel Morrell and Andre Lareau.

Lakeview Funeral Home assisted the family. www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net