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Betty Ann Linnell, 86, of Duluth, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born on July 3, 1933 in Duluth to Ray and Valerie Vondane. Betty graduated from Denfeld High School. She married her sweetheart, Larry Linnell on October 17, 1953 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Together they raised three children. Betty was a homemaker with a passion and also did daycare including watching her grandchildren. She sewed- clothes for herself and children, many fun Halloween costumes, and square dance outfits for her and Larry. She knit -socks, mittens, hats, and even beautiful sweaters for the grandkids. Music was important, playing the piano, organ, accordion, and singing harmony with Larry. They loved to dance, and could cut up the dance floor with their polka and jitterbug. Betty was an avid “As The World Turns” fan, watching it every day for the 54 years it was on air. She loved the color blue, the number 3, and doing the daily newspaper Jumble. Spent time with family playing Scrabble, Yahtzee, cards, and watching the Twins. Larry and her would do jigsaw puzzles, picking out special ones for every family member and then framing them. We will forever miss her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Many of Betty’s skills and enjoyment have been passed to her children and grandchildren, and for that we are thankful! Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister, Jackie Conklin. She is survived by three children, Susan (Michael) Johnson, Sandra Caywood (Duane), and Steven; a brother, James Vondane; 8 grandchildren, Heather (Chad) Nichols, Damon (Natalie) Johnson, Rustin Johnson, Breanna (Scott Prinz) Caywood, Kendra (Ben) Fameree, Chase Caywood, Holden Caywood and Gaven Caywood; 7 great-grandchildren, Tacy, Hana, Gunnar, Porter, Ryan, Kiley, Noah and one on the way. The family would like to thank Duluth Benedictine Adult Day Service, Heritage Haven, Barnes Care, and St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to Betty. Private family services will be held. Burial in Polish Cemetery. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.
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