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   Thief River Falls - Betty Engelstad, died at her home in Thief River Falls on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.  
    Funeral services were held  Saturday, June 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker officiating. Casket bearers included grandchildren: Shay Engelstad, Erik Engelstad, Ben Engelstad, Annie Engelstad, Abby Thorpe, Tyler Thorpe and Leo “Marty” Rumely. Honorary casket bearers included all of Betty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.  
    Betty Lou Craft was born on December 1, 1929 to Harry and Ruth (Westerlund) Craft in Plummer. She grew up in Plummer, attended school and graduated from Plummer School and then attended costmetology school in Minneapolis.
    On Sept. 17, 1949, Betty was united in marriage to James Jerome Engelstad in Plummer.  They moved to a farm in Rockbury Township, Pennington County, where they raised their family. Betty helped around the farm.  She worked at Arctic Cat in the 1970s. She then worked for the Best Western Hotel for several years retiring in 2005. She moved into Riverside Terrace two years ago.    
    Betty’s focus was family.  She had a great sarcastic sense of humor. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  
    She is survived by three children:  Kim (Deb Thorpe) Engelstad, Thief River Falls, Kristi Rumely, Silverton, Ore., and John (Shanna) Engelstad, Thief River Falls; grandchildren:  Ben Engelstad, Leo “Marty” (Jennifer) Rumely, Annie Engelstad, Erik Engelstad and Shay Engelstad, Tyler Thorpe, Abby Thorpe; great-grandchildren: Leo Rumely, Quinn Rumely, Aziah Engelstad, Kemper Engelstad, James Engelstad and Lucas Engelstad.  
     She was preceded in death by her husband James Engelstad in 2003, brother Leroy Westerlund, and her parents.  
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.