Betty Marie Fredrickson died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, while living at her niece’s home, Jim and Karlin Franks, in Osseo, Wisconsin. She was 89 years old.
She was born in Austin, Minnesota, on Nov. 3, 1929, to Glenn and Gertrude Hose. She grew up spending her entire childhood in Austin. She was the oldest of four children. She graduated from Austin High School and was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical drafting. She was a pioneer as a woman in her field working for John Deere, Blaw-Knox and Mora Industries.
On Sept. 12, 1954 she was united in marriage to Earl D. Fredrickson in Austin. The marriage created a beautiful life together. They made Mora their home enjoying its Swedish heritage. They built two houses while in Mora. One being the octagon house Betty designed and together they built. They enjoyed traveling the world over, especially to Europe on their Vespa scooter. They loved learning all they could about people and places.
Together their kind souls befriended and helped so many.
She opened and ran The Bread and Honey Pantry in Mora which she was so proud of. Natural foods for all. She worked as an aid at the school helping children with special needs. She was best known for her handyman work. She was the one to call if you needed something painted or fixed, shoveled or raked, delivered or picked up. Her entire life was spent working for the good of others. She took care of all as if they were her own. As one friend wrote “best thing that ever happened to Mora--The Fredricksons.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents Glenn and Gert Hose; sister, Phyllis Averill; and sister-in-law, Janice Hose.
She is survived by her brother, Myrvin Hose of Cannon Falls; sister, Nancy(Jim) Harper of Burmingham, Alabama; brother-in-law, Arland Averill of Sedona, Arizona; and sister-in-law, Barbara Dostert, of Minneapolis; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the Mora United Methodist Church with a lunch to follow.