Betty Jean Dalen, 88, of St. James died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James.
Betty Jean Dalen, 88, of St. James died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, June 10 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Bob Stover officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Betty was born Feb. 28, 1929 in Wood Lake. She was the daughter of John and Emelia (Jensen) Adams. Betty was baptized and confirmed at Wood Lake Methodist Church. Betty graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1947 and went on to attend and graduate from the Minneapolis Business College in 1948. Betty had six siblings which include: brother, John, and wife, Betty Adams; sisters, Edna and husband, Ernest Bergquist; Mary and husband, Walter Volkman; Gladys and husbands, Shorty Volkman and Albert Kastle; Phyllis and husband, James Carroll; and Patricia and husband, Milnor (Andy) Braun. Betty married Leonard Dalen at the Wood Lake Methodist Church in Wood Lake on Aug. 26, 1950 and they were happily married for 67 years. They were blessed with three children: Jerry and wife, Sue (Rettke) Dalen of Wabasha; Dean and wife, Theresa (Hill) Dalen of Darwin; and daughter, Jane (Dalen) Miller and husband, Brad of Decorah, Iowa; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Jillian (Dalen) Anderson and husband, Kasey, and their son, Hunter; Jennifer Dalen; Adam Dalen and his wife, Darcy (Cornelius) Dalen; Andrea (Dalen) Beduhn and her husband, Ryan; Kaia (Miller) Chambers and her husband, Tanner; and Joshua Miller. Betty lived every day of her life to the fullest. She was a committed wife, mother, and grandmother who devoted her life to her family and faith. Betty was very active in church, serving on boards and councils, FLCW President four times, and Circle and Bazaar chairman. She was also awarded the Sertoma award on May 23, 2009 for her many years of volunteer work. Betty was a member of the VFW auxiliary and served two terms as Auxiliary President. Betty was always very active as she enjoyed walking, biking, traveling, and watching her children and grandchildren in all of their sporting and musical events. She especially loved playing bridge and golf and was the women’s golf club champion 18 times. Betty was an excellent seamstress and had her own drapery business for over 30 years.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emelia (Jensen) Adams; and four sisters: Edna Bergquist, Phyllis Carroll, Gladys Volkman Kastle, and Mary Volkman.