Betheen Bean

Betheen Bean

Betheen BeanBetheen Clara Bean age 80 of Westbrook passed away on Saturday, October 06, 2018 at the Sanford Westbrook Hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Westbrook Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.  Interment is in the Westbrook Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Betheen was born September 17, 1938 in Dovray to Ole & Hazel (Hanson) Kvilhaug.  She attended school in Dovray through the sixth grade.  The family moved to Westbrook, where she graduated from high school in 1956.  She then moved to Minneapolis with two friends from school.  Betheen worked at Benson Optical as an expeditor.  There she met Larry Bean and they began dating.  Together they were united in marriage in May 1960 at the Little Brown Church in Iowa.  They settled in Westbrook.  Betheen loved genealogy.  She greatly enjoyed traveling with Larry through Norway and Denmark where they met many relatives.  They also travelled to every state in the US.  Betheen worked at the Cottonwood County Historical Society in Windom.  She became a resident of Peterson Estates in 2014 where she has resided since.  Betheen loved spending time with her family and her dogs.  She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Betheen is survived by her daughter Kim Nelson ( special friend Kevin Schmuhl) of Big Lake, son Todd Bean (special friend Patty Malecha) of Northfield; grandchildren: Christopher Nelson (friend Christi), Kelley (Brittany) Nelson, Heather Bean (friend Luke Hase) & Matthew Bean and one great grandson on the way.  She is also survived by her brothers Orie (Gwen) Kvilhaug & Merlyn (Peggy) Kvilhaug both of Westbrook; sister-in-law Karen Frutiger, and many other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Larry in 2010.

5 thoughts on “Betheen Bean”

  1. Eunice Christensen

    Dear, dear Betheen….she was a wonderful friend and playmate during our school days in Dist. 111, Dovray, MN. My mom, Gladys Keller, was Betheen’s teacher in grades 2, 3, and 4.
    I have many memories of time spent with Betheen. I enjoyed the playhouse that was hers….a special room built on to the Kvilhaug garage. Betheen was quiet, sweet, and always very kind. She was one of the people I hated to leave when moving from s.w. MN to Iowa.
    Betheen and my husband, Ronnie, were WHS classmates, graduating in 1956. (I was actually a year older, graduating in 1955.) It was fun for Ron and me to go to each other’s class reunions.
    My mother, and Betheen’s mother, Hazel, were good friends. I think they bonded after they discovered they were both of Danish heritage, but living in a very Norwegian community (Dovray, named for Dovre, Norway). There weren’t many Danes in that area!
    Betheen enriched the lives of all who knew her. Love to and prayers for her family.

  2. So sorry to hear of Betheen’s passing. Now she is being serenaded by angels. Betheen and Larry were good friends.
    Our sympathy, and God’s blessing to the family. Roger and Carolyn Benson

  3. So sorry to hear this news about Betheen. She was such a gentle, kind and caring woman. Our sincere sympathy to family and loved ones. Steve and Mary Larson.

  4. Carol Veldhuisen

    So sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was such a sweet and wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Friends Forever,

  5. What a beautiful person Betheen was I am so sorry I could not make it to church. We worked together at the Cottonwood Museum and she always talked so highly about Westbrook, her family and her friends. The world will be a sadder place without her. Don’t know how she managed to always be so kind and gentle to all she met. I remember Larry coming to the museum with the little doggie and how her eyes always lit up when she saw the two of them. My deepest sympathy to the family and her friends. Marilyn Wahl

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