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Betty Blankers

February 22, 1936 March 7, 2020
Betty Blankers
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Obituary for Betty Blankers

Betty Ann (Johnson) Blankers, age 84, of Owatonna, passed away unexpectedly from a severe stroke on March 7, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born on February 22, 1936, to Mike and Dena (Addengast) Johnson in Ashton, IA during the cold snowy winter. She attended country school K-8 at Gilman #4. She graduated from Ashton High School in 1954. She attended business school in Sioux City, IA, where she met her husband Robert Blankers. They were married in Ashton, IA, on June 14, 1957.

She worked as a film printer at Elko Photo in Sioux City, IA, a waitress at the Highway-café in Hospers, IA, and retired from Owatonna Tool Company (OTC). Robert and Betty lived in Canby, MN, where their three children were born. She has lived in Sioux City, IA; Canby, MN; Lincoln, IA; Schaller, IA; Hospers, IA; Northwood, IA and Owatonna, MN.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gracious hostess and always had coffee/tea and goodies to serve. She volunteered and served in the church and community wherever they lived. She was part of Presbyterian Church circles and Bible Studies. She enjoyed baking, doing puzzles, playing Chinese Checkers and solving Sudoku puzzles. She enjoyed knitting, and she knitted an afghan for each of her children and for each of her grandchildren’s high school graduations. She also knitted baby blankets for each great-grandchild. She enjoyed watching sports events of all kinds, especially the MN Twins and Vikings.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Blankers.
Children – Denise (Michael) Werner of Rochester, MN, Laura (Jon) Thom of Chaska, MN, and James (Brenda) Blankers of Hospers, IA.
Grandchildren – Steven Werner, Amy Werner, Margaret Thom, Catherine Thom, Theo (Hillary) Blankers and their son Oliver, Tony (Stephanie) Blankers and their son Melvin, and Jake Blankers.
Siblings – Virgil (Marilyn) Johnson, Marjorie Roelofsen, Howard Johnson, and Arlyce Johnson. Brothers-in-law Laurens Blankers, George (LaVonne) Blankers and Donald (Jane) Blankers. Many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Mike and Dena Johnson; parents-in-law Laurens and Mattie Blankers; Brothers – Stanley Johnson and Douglas Johnson; Sisters-in-law Lois Johnson, Leila Johnson and Betty Cherry Blankers; Brother-in-law Roger Roelofsen.

Memorial suggestions to Christ Community Covenant Church in Owatonna, MN, the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea, MN, and the Hospers Presbyterian Church in Hospers, IA.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Friday, March 13th from 4-7pm and at church on Saturday from 9-10am. A funeral Service will be held at 10am Saturday, March 14, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea with Rev. Dwight Netzer and Dr. Brent Carlson officiating.

Services in Hospers Iowa are as follows: Public visitation at Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers from 3-4:30pm Saturday, March 14th with a Prayer Service at 4:30pm, with Dr. Brian Janssen officiating, immediately followed by burial at Hospers Cemetery, and concluding with at dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Hospers.

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Previous Events

Family Visitation

Saturday

14

Mar

3:00 PM 3/14/2020 3:00:00 PM - 4:30 PM 3/14/2020 4:30:00 PM
Oolman Funeral Home - Hospers

201 2nd Avenue
Hospers, IA 51238

Oolman Funeral Home - Hospers
201 2nd Avenue Hospers 51238 IA
United States

Prayer Service

Saturday

14

Mar

4:30 PM 3/14/2020 4:30:00 PM
Oolman Funeral Home - Hospers

201 2nd Avenue
Hospers, IA 51238

Oolman Funeral Home - Hospers
201 2nd Avenue Hospers 51238 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hospers Cemetery Final Resting Place

3970 Lily Ave
Hospers, IA 51238

3970 Lily Ave Hospers 51238 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Christ Community Covenant Church

540 18th Street Southeast
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060

First Presbyterian Church - Albert Lea

308 Water Street
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007

First Presbyterian Church - Hospers

Hospers
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