DUNNELL, Minn. - A Celebration of Life Service for Betty Lou "Higgins" Janssen, 80, of rural Dunnell, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Estherville with the Rev. Paul Wiegman officiating. Burial will be in Lake Fremont Cemetery in Dunnell.
Betty was called to her eternal rest on Monday evening, April 16, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society of Estherville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Sherburn, Minn. and one hour prior to the services at the Church on Saturday. Messages of Sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Betty Lou Higgins was born June 20, 1931 to Carl and Bonnie (Stepleton) Higgins in rural Wallingford. She moved with her parents to Estherville and attended school there later graduating with the class of 1949. On June 26, 1949, she was united in marriage to Arnold Janssen at Union Baptist Church in Estherville. To this union three children were born, Beth Ann, Becky Jo (Jody) and Scott Arnold Janssen. After their marriage they lived in Sherburn, Estherville and then to Dunnell until moving to their rural Dunnell farm in 1963. They farmed together until Arnie's death on Nov. 3, 1977. Betty graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1981 with a degree in rehabilitation specialist and from Mankato State University in 1983 with a degree in social work. Betty was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Dunnell until it closed with interest in Christian Education teaching Sunday School, VBS, and release time, LWML, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and Dunnell Women's Study Club. She volunteered for Senior Dining, Emmet County Safe House, and after St. John's Lutheran Church closed she transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville. Long time interest was writing poetry, novels, short stories, hymns, and children's stories for family and friends. She loved music and figure skating and country music.
Those left to honor Betty's memory include her children, Beth Ann (Greg) Langford and Becky Jo "Jody" (Rick) Haase both of Estherville and Scott (Lisa) Janssen of Grayslake, Ill.; acquired daughter, Kim (Shawn) Michelson McQuillen of Monticello; five grandchildren, Richard Haase II (Snuffer), Michelle Jensen (Muffie), Amy Upson (Aimer), Sara Fogarty, Neilla Janssen (Punkin); six great-grandchildren, Robert Kompelien, Brady Kompelien, Brock Kompelien, Hunter Kompelien, Taylor Kompelien and Devin Haase; five brothers, Kenny (Mary) Higgins of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mike (Mary Ann) Higgins of Hartley, Bill (Sue) Higgins of Estherville, Jerry (Linda) Higgins of Custard, S.D., Glenn (Pat) Higgens of Victoria, Minn.; five sisters, Jean Planting of Estherville, Mary Thelen of Spirit Lake, Carla (Mike) Long of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Tisha (Scott) Vern of Spirit Lake, Shelley (Mark) Becker of Newnan, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Betty Cook of Belmond,, Judy Higgins of Bristol, Ind., Carol Janssen of Dunnell, Minn.; 150 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Arnie; brothers, Earl, Phillip, Dale and Pete Higgins; sisters, Sandra, Cathy and Lois; nephews, Worth Harsin and Anthony Moffit; brothers-in-law, Ed Michelson and Russel Planting; father and mothers-in-law, Eric and Irene - Bertha Janssen and other relatives and friends.