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September 20, 2020

8/12/2020 3:26:00 PM
Betty Lou Kipfer

Betty Lou Kipfer, 83, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, formerly of Windom, died Aug. 2, 2020, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
A Celebration of Life service was Tuesday at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating.
Special music was provided by Dustin Stevens, pianist; and Lynn Stoneking, soloist.
Honorary bearers were Betty's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter.
Interment was at Memory Garden's Cemetery in rural Windom.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service and Aqua Green Cremation of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Betty Lou Torkelson was born Sept. 12, 1936, to Oliver and Ida (Halter) Torkelson in Windom. She was baptized in Jeffers and later confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Windom.
Betty Lou received her early education at District 3 in Lamberton until moving to Windom where she attended String Lakes Country School. She graduated from Windom High School in 1954.
In 1970, Betty Lou married Marlon "Slim" Kipfer at American Lutheran Church in Windom. They farmed with Slim's family until 1972 when they purchased the family farm.
In 2003, Betty and Slim retired from farming, but remained on the farm.
After Slim's death in 2009, Betty remained on the farm until she married Edwin Kragt in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where they made their home.
A longtime member of American Lutheran Church in Windom, Betty Lou was a past president of WELCA, taught Sunday School and Bible School, and headed up lutefisk suppers and funeral lunches.
She will be remembered for her love of traveling, especially with Slim and the grandchildren to the Black Hills; and her love for her family and children, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Slim Kipfer, Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Charlie Torkelson; and a sister-in-law, Edna Torkelson.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin Kragt of Spirit Lake, Iowa; two daughters, Linda (Kevin) Gerdes of Windom and Vicki Norton of Willmar; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a brother, Ron (Margo) Torkelson of Storden; and a sister-in-law, Marion Torkelson of Windom.

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