Betty was called to her heavenly home by her Lord on January 8, 2020. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2019, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Janke will officiate. Music will be provided by Karen Livingston as organist. The family is requested to meet at the church by 10:00 a.m. for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be on Friday at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel from 4-7 p.m. and also prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Betty’s grandsons, Corey Stoltenburg, Jeff Everson, Kirk Foster, Jason Foster, Colten Stoltenburg, Chase Prouty, Dustin Prouty and Tyler Stoltenburg. Honorary pallbearers will be Betty’s granddaughters, Jenna (Everson) Hieb, Brooke Prouty, Katelyn (Stoltenburg) Briscoe, Tessa Stoltenburg and all of her nieces and nephews.
Betty was born on January 31, 1935, at Lutheran Hospital in Watertown, SD, to Otto and Martha (Zantow) Kriesel. She was baptized in 1935 and confirmed in 1949 at St. John’s Lutheran of Mazeppa Twp Grant Co. Betty attended school in Grant Co. Lura #5 and Mazeppa and graduated from Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge in 1953.
On February 14, 1954, Betty was united in marriage to Rolla Eugene Stoltenburg at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church by Pastor WT Meier. She worked at Herbergers, Watertown Public Opinion, and on the farm with her husband. The couple farmed with his dad and brother until Rolla was drafted into the U.S. Navy in November 1955. They lived on various naval bases in California. Following Rolla’s honorable discharge in 1957, the couple returned to farming in the Watertown area.
Betty was a childhood member of St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church of Mazeppa Township Grant County. After marriage she was a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, board games, and riding the four-wheeler with Rolla. She was a member of the Ladies Club, and flower and altar guild.
Betty’s love of God and family were the most important things in her life. Betty and her life partner, husband Rolla, shared a 65th wedding anniversary last February 14, Valentine’s Day. She never failed to send a greeting card and letter to all of her family and friends for every occasion.
Betty is survived by her husband, Rolla of Watertown, SD; her children: Roxann (Curt) Everson of Pierre, SD, Rodney (Betty) Stoltenburg of Portland, OR, Dianne (Rich) Foster of Breckenridge, MN, Nikki (Todd) Prouty of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Brian (Jacquie) Stoltenburg of Watertown, SD; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Gerhard (Joyce) Kriesel of Seattle, WA; her sister-in-law, Beverly Stoltenburg of Watertown, SD and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Martha Kriesel; her sister, Dorothy and her husband Calvin Frey; and her brother, Lyle and his wife Elsie Kriesel.
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