AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Betty Hellzen, of Mora, MN, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. She was 84 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be on Friday, September 11 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Grass Lake Cemetery.
Betty Ann Linnea Hellzen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at her home in Mora, Minnesota. She was 84 years old.
Betty was born October 27, 1930, in the township of Cambridge in Isanti County, Minnesota to parents Charlie and Evie (Anderson) Laman. She lived most of her childhood in Stanchfield, MN, growing up on the family farm. Betty graduated from Braham High School in 1948. She then went on to college where she received her teaching degree and she taught in the Hinckley and Robbinsdale School Districts.
On June 17, 1955, Betty was united in marriage to Gustaf Hellzen at the Stanchfield Baptist Church. To this union three children were born. Betty and Gus raised their family in Mora. Betty worked as a substitute teacher in the Mora School District for many years before starting as a full-time teacher in 1974 in the Chapter Program, assisting elementary students with math and reading skills. She retired from the school district in 1994.
Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mora. For more than 55 years, Betty was involved in the Mora American Legion Auxiliary, serving as president in 1976. She was a member of the Eastern Star, being honored as Worthy Matron in 1961. She was also a member of the Deer Lake Watershed Association in Effie and a Vasaloppet host family for many years.
Betty’s hobbies included sewing, cross stitching, knitting, cooking, fishing, bingo, cards, and traveling. Betty really enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to spend time with family and friends at her cabin on Deer Lake. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gus; brother Rodney; sisters Evangeline and Lorraine; and brothers-in-law Tom, Carl and Howard.
She is survived by her children Gus III (Janice), Sue (Leonard) Flikke, and Jerry (Laurie); grandchildren, Eric, Jenna (Josh), Heather (Mark), Sheila (Jayme), Nate (Jackie), and Jake (Kirsti); great grandchildren, Matt, Luke, Nick, Hattie, Peyton, Dakota, and Billy; brothers, Charles (Lorretta) Laman and Dale (Lorraine) Laman; sisters, Virginia Lawrence, Shirley (Dale) Halberg, and Linda Lahre; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.