Betty Jeanne Holmstrom died on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota. She was 99 years old.
Betty Jeanne Martin Holmstrom was born May 24, 1920, in Lakota, North Dakota to Merle and Hazel (Austin) Martin. The family later moved to Randolph, Minnesota where Betty graduated from high school, then riveting school. Betty’s work was defense work for the war; she was trained to help build planes, such as the B-52s.
Betty enlisted in the Women’s Army camp, a division of the U.S. Army; however, the women weren’t allowed to have any guns or gun training. Betty was shipped overseas to Dutch, New Guinea. In New Guinea, Betty was a file clerk. She said this was real boring, but she wanted to serve her country and that is what kept her going. From Dutch, New Guinea, she was sent to the Philippines.
When Betty came home in September of 1945, one day Betty was helping her parents in the tavern where the GIs and farmers gathered to talk and visit when Mauritz Holmstrom came in.
On Oct. 7, 1951, she married Mauritz Holmstrom in Randolph. In March 1952 they moved and made their home on the farm by Henriette. The house didn’t have running water or sewer at the time. Betty knew nothing about farming but eventually she began milking cows, putting up hay, filling the silo and driving a tractor. Betty always loved her animals, crocheting, bowling, making the best Swedish flat bread and helping people. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends in her home. There was always a little lunch on the table.
Betty once said, “I would not change or do anything differently that I have done.” She was very proud of her life and was proud that she was able to serve her country. A Bible verse that reflects Betty is Genesis 1:27, “Made in God’s image.”
Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Mauritz Holmstrom. She is survived by her sister, Maxine Sunde; sisters-in-law, Violet Sanders and Ruth Clementson; brother-in-law, Donald Holmstrom; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Dresser Methven Funeral Home in Mora, with Pastor Bob Bohachek officiating. There was a visitation one hour prior to the service with burial at Oakwood Cemetery following the service. Casketbearers were Alvin Cummings, Curt Cummings, Susan Cummings, Dennis Holmstrom, Eric Sanders and Steve Sanders. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that checks be made out to Make a Wish Foundation.
Arrangements by Dresser Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.