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Betty (Beth Yvonne) Gustafson

March 10, 1932-September 8, 2020


In the early hours of September 8th, Betty, with her family by her side, passed away.  Betty had battled kidney disease, and a multitude of other health issues, for several years.  Her pain had finally come to an end as she was welcomed into the peace of her Lord.


Betty was born in Crystal City, MB, and spent her formative years in Clearwater, her hometown that she remembered so fondly.  It was here that she met Walter when he was stationed in Clearwater by the CPR.  The two were married on August 11th, 1949 and they moved to Winnipeg where Walter would continue working with the CPR.


In 1950, Walter took a position in Kenora and the two moved to 8th Street North.  Betty worked at Alkaye’s Store and enjoyed all those around her, Al Stepanik, fellow employees, and customers.  She especially enjoyed her 8th Street Coffee Group that would get together and share stories and recipes, and assist one another when needed.  Betty worked tirelessly at the family resort, enjoying the company of so many wonderful guests who became life-long friends.  She did not enjoy cleaning fish at one o’clock in the morning.


Betty was known for her baking – buns, pieces, doughnuts – everything was done to perfection and tasted so good and was enjoyed by many over the years.  Betty was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Lake of the Woods Shrine Club and she loved curling, knitting, ceramics, and the fellowship at The First Baptist Church.  Again, there were so many good times and acquaintances became friends for life.  A similar pattern emerged upon Walter’s transfer to Winnipeg where she acquired more friends for life.  Betty was fortunate to know so many quality individuals and she loved them all.  Walter and Betty returned to Kenora in 1986 where she spent the remainder of her life.


Betty was predeceased by her mother, Maybelle Rogers, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Ingrid Gustafson, her younger brother Bill Rogers, and her older brother Jim Rogers.  She is survived by her husband Walter, son Robert and his wife Cheryl, daughter Vicky, sisters Jean Holmstrom, Donna (Lloyd) Carlson and her brother Scott Ferguson (Joy Pritchett).  She also leaves behind grandchildren, Chris and wife Sheri, Sean and his wife Shawna, Sheila, Sherry, and Bob McKean.  Betty was very close to her great-grandchildren, Bill, Gabrielle, Rowan, and Elise.   Betty also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who she cherished.  She loved them all….  Betty is now resting quietly, but will continue to look down with love upon all her family and friends.


The family would like to express gratitude to the doctors and staff of LOTW Hospital, the doctors from the Keewatin Clinic and Dr. Silverberg and his staff at Thunder Bay for their kindness and professionalism. We would also like to thank Pastor Day-Janz for his care and compassion.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lake of the Woods Dialysis Unit, the Palliative Care Unit, or a charity of your choice.  Due to present health concerns, there will be no service, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.