Betty JoAnn Steen, 78, of Lancaster, Minnesota passed away at her
home on Friday, November 16th, 2012.
Betty was born at Hallock,
Minnesota on March 26, 1934 to Ernest and Amy (Hendrickson)
Gustafson. She grew up at Lancaster and attended school there. On
December 17, 1950 she was united in marriage to Orville Steen at
Crookston, Minnesota. The couple lived in International Falls,
Minnesota for a short time before returning to Lancaster. Betty
worked at the Red Owl Store (formerly the Co-op Store) and the
Lancaster Locker Plant for several years. Betty and Orville also did
upholstery work in their home for many years. In 1985 she started
Betty’s Daycare and in 1997 was named “Daycare Provider of the Year”.
She retired in 2011 but was available to baby sit if needed . Her
daycare children became additional grandchildren to her. Orville
passed away on February 16, 1988. She was a member of Sion Lutheran
Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Cancer
Betty was well loved as a mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend to
many. Her passions were faith and family. She was a master
gardener and loved sharing with all. We will miss her zest for life.
The way she lived her life was an inspiration to her family.
She is survived by her children, Rosemarie Steen, Cathy (Brad)
Homstad, Connie (George) Zondagh, Craig Steen and Mary Ellen (James)
Diamond, all of Lancaster; six grandchildren, Ross (Brooke) Homstad,
Brett Homstad, Chase Homstad, Brady Diamond, Shelby Diamond and Ty
Diamond; a great grandson, Trekker Homstad; brothers, Reynold
(Florence), Phoenix, AZ, Harold (Janice), Bloomington, MN, William
(Judy), Bloomington and Richard (Kathy), Burnsville, MN; sisters,
Mary Zarins, Minnetonka, MN and Virginia (Robert) Crounse, Berrien
Springs, MI as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by her parents; husband, Orville; a daughter, Deborah Lee; a
granddaughter, Lisa Marie and a brother, John.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at
11:00 a.m. in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster. Interment will be in
Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lancaster. Rev. Melodi Hagen,
presiding; Erik Finney, soloist; and Jacki Przekwas, organist. Casket
bearers will be grandsons, Ross Homstad, Brett Homstad, Chase
Homstad, Brady Diamond and Ty Diamond. Honorary casket bearers will
be all of Betty’s Daycare Children.