Betty Ann Clara Stensgaard age 84 of Ruthton passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 17 at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial is in Ruthton Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty Ann Clara Nelsen was born at home in Ruthton, Minnesota to Jens H.V. and Gladys (Miller) Nelsen on June 6, 1932. She attended grade school at Ruthton and Holland, 9th grade at Pipestone, 10th grade in Jasper, and graduated from Ruthton in 1950. Betty attended Lamberton Teacher Training Department and began her teaching career in District #34 southeast of Ruthton at the age of 19. On July 25, 1954 she was united in marriage to LeRoy Stensgaard at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. To this union three children were born: Debra, Daniel, and Chris. While teaching and raising a family, she finished her BA degree and was a member of the Charter Class at Southwest State University at Marshall on June 13, 1971. Betty taught at Tyler and then finished her 34 years of teaching at Ruthton. Her activities included volunteer work at school, church, and Pipestone Hospital where she was a member of the Auxiliary and the Advisory Board. She spent many years volunteering in the surgery department. Betty was a member of Christian Women, Naomi Circle, Grandmothers Club, Card Club, and Book Club. She enjoyed reading, camping, and spending time with her family.
Betty leaves to mourn her sons: Daniel, and Chris and wife Sarah; four grandchildren: Brook Stensgaard, Laura, Hanna, and Dane Stensgaard; brother Carroll (Eloise) Nelsen of Sioux Falls, SD; sister Janet (Gene) Rood of Ruthton; brother-in-law Hank Zarn of Lakefield, and sister-in-law Dana Nelsen of Lancaster, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband LeRoy, daughter Debra, brother Duane Nelsen, and sister June Zarn.