Betty Kalis, 1929-2019

Published 1:00 am Friday, June 7, 2019

Betty Jean Kalis, 90, of Walters died Monday, June 3, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Betty Kalis

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Lutheran Church in Walters. The Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Visit to leave an online condolence. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born March 16, 1929, in Walters, the daughter of Vern and Clara (Enser) Sauer. Betty went to high school and continued her education by going through accounting training and post office management training.

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Betty was united in marriage to Ellwood Peterson in 1947 in Walters. Together they had five children. Ellwood died in 1955. On July 23, 1966, she married Francis Kalis at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells.

Betty worked in the accounts receivable department for Interstate Power and was a postmaster in Walters and Bricelyn for over 25 years. She enjoyed making quilts, baking pies, making birthday cakes for Freeborn School and road trips in the car.

Betty is survived by her children Sheryl (Dan) Buchholz of Brooklyn Park, Delrene (Alan) Kayser of New Brighton, Debra (Ken) Limmer of Cloquet, Brad (Jan) Peterson of Roseville and Dori (Dennis) Klocek of Albert Lea; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings Barb (Wayne) Enderson of Tyler and Clair (Lois) Sauer of Lewiston; sisters-in-law Elaine Wanzek of the Twin Cities and Violet Kalis of Albert Lea; along with many nieces and nephews and cousins, including Trina (Jay) Bendickson, GeDee (Kurt) Unke and family and Doris Troll.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Ellwood Peterson and Francis Kalis; granddaughter, Cristina Buchholz; siblings Orville Sauer, Verneta Reindal and Ralph Sauer; nephew, Fred Wanzek; niece, Kathleen Schewe; sisters-in-law Leona Sauer and Evelyn Harmon; brothers-in-law Ralph Reindal, Norbert Wanzek, Ray Harmon and Henry Kalis; and cousins Ralph (Sonja) Troll and Kelly Troll.