Beloved friend and mother Betty Jean Blooflat was called home by her Lord Jesus Christ on April 25, 2021.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji with Pastor Linnea Papke-Larson officiating. A Time of Sharing will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Betty is survived by her children Allen (Rosa) Blooflat Jr., Daniel Blooflat, Kathy (Ed) Satko and Todd (Mary Jo) Blooflat; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen and her daughter Bonnie. As a beloved mother she prayed and supported her children faithfully. Her kind loving example left an example for all to follow.
Betty was born on July 1, 1927, in Minneapolis MN, the fourth child of Dr. George and Blanche Fellowes. A younger sister was later added to the family. Her happiest moments of childhood were playing games with family and eating homemade ice cream every Sunday. Her dreams included getting married, having a family and becoming a nurse to work in a hospital.
Betty graduated from Washburn high school in Minneapolis and entered nursing school at Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis. Shortly after graduation she took the train to Bemidji to fulfill her dream of working in a hospital. She met the love of her life in 1948 caring for him while he lay in bed in traction. In 1949 they eloped and were married Oct. 22, 1949.
Betty continued to work as a nurse for 43 years, 25 years she was in charge of the Med./Surg. Floor. During this time she made many friends among the Drs., Nurses, co-workers and patients.
Betty retired in 1991 and fulfilled another dream of travel. During this time she traveled the US as well as Holy Lands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and England.
Betty has had a long time love of First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. In the early 1970s she made several trips to various Bible Camps to minister to the youth of First Lutheran Church. She served where she could singing in the choir, serving food for special occasions, attending the church services remaining as active as possible to the time of her death.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2Timothy 4:7-8
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