Betty Guenther, 1935-2017

Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2017

Funeral services for Betty Guenther will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Mitchem will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and again one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in Alden Cemetery.

Betty Ann Guenther of Alden died Monday, May 15, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. She was 82.

Betty Guenther

Betty was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Northwood to parents Edward W. and Ruth L. (Johnson) Walk. In 1951,Betty met the love of her life, Bob, while working as a carhop at the Albert Lea A&W rootbeer drive-in. At the age of 17, Betty married Bob Guenther on Sept. 26, 1952, at United Methodist Church in Alden. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1953.

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After working over 30 years at Enderes Tools, Betty retired in 1996 and enjoyed life living on the family farm near Alden. Betty enjoyed entertaining family and friends, listening to country music and dancing to polka. Over the years, Betty and Bob took in many children and briefly became their surrogate parents. Betty loved taking family road trips, especially to Branson, Missouri. She also found joy in cooking, growing flowers, canning home-grown fruits and vegetables, attending the Freeborn County Fair and befriending many of the fellow competitors. When the day was done, Betty loved to sit in the dark and meditate.

Betty is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Bob Guenther; son, Daniel Guenther; grandchildren Kristine (Alex Truman), Dustin Guenther (Julia), Dwight Borland Jr. and Jason (Rachel) Guenther; great-granddaughters Karley, Bella and Lexi; brothers Gary Walk and Dean Walk (Jane); and sister, Judy Schultz (Don); as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son, Timothy Guenther; daughter, Susan Guenther Borland (Dwight Sr.); parents Edward and Ruth Walk; parents-in-law Lincoln and Thelma Guenther; sister, Joy Bergstrom (Eslie); brothers Ronald Sr. (Sheila), David, Larry and Bruce Walk; sisters-in-law Gloria Walk and Pat Walk; brother-in-law, Douglas (Charlene) Guenther; nephews Charles Guenther, Wayne Kosmoski, Ron Walk Jr., Marty Walk and Chris Walk; and nieces Dauphne Walk and Judy Marie Schultz.