April 23, 1936 — October 15, 2023
Elizabeth Helen "Betty" Ahlers, age 87 of Crosslake and formerly of Cannon Falls, passed peacefully on Sunday morning, October 15, 2023 at Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living in Crosslake, MN, with her daughters by her side.
Betty was born on April 23, 1936 in Red Wing, MN, the daughter of William and Regina (Doffing) Schaffer. She graduated from Central High School in Red Wing in June 1954 and was recognized as an all-star athlete. After graduating, she attended the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Mankato for two years, where she made many lifelong friends in the convent.
Betty married David Ahlers on November 10, 1956, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Wing. They farmed together in Welch for most of her life and raised their family in Peaceful Valley. Betty had a love for gardening and was known for her "green thumb". She also enjoyed playing many sports (especially basketball and softball), traveling, playing cards and spending time with her friends and relatives. Betty was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville where she taught CCD, Adult Faith Formation and Bible study for many years. She had beloved students who often gave her credit for their strong faith and understanding.
Betty was known for her generosity, her quick wit, and her honesty. She always spoke with great conviction. Betty will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God and her love for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; David, son; Bernard "Bernie", granddaughter; Taryn Wedow, and siblings; Loretta Wilborn, Eleanor Lidgerding, Mildred Odmon, Irene Wagner, and Robert Schaffer.
She is survived by her four daughters; Pamela Wedow of Humble, TX, Mary (Dan) Benson of Crosslake, MN, Carolyn (Jerry) Reinardy of Red Wing, MN and Patricia (Todd) Larson of Dove Canyon, CA, ten grandchildren; Kaitlyn Tolleson, Courtney Ahlers-Nelson, Brian Ahlers, Luke Ahlers, Elizabeth Aandal, Emily Faulk, Michael Benson, Andrea Reinardy, Natalie Sandifer, and Selah Larson, and twelve great-grandchildren; Avery Kujawa, Landon Dehn, Mayz Jeter, Bennie Mcculley, Linden Ahlers-Nelson, Olive Ahlers, Liam Aandal, Frannie Aandal, Penelope Faulk, Xavier Sandifer, Maverick Sandifer, and Londyn Jackson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at 11:00 am, with visitation from 9:30 am - 11:00 am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville. Luncheon at the church will follow. This mass will be live-streamed and available to watch below. Active casket bearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Private interment will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Miesville.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. Online condolences may be directed to www.LundbergFuneral.com.