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Betty Lou Crissinger


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Betty Lou (Johanek) Crissinger was born on January 14, 1934 in Kimball Township, Jackson County, Minnesota.  The daughter of Emil and Julia (Najt) Johanek, Betty attended Jackson County Public Schools.  On October 21, 1950 she was united in marriage to Robert Arza Crissinger at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Minnesota.  After marriage Robert and Betty made there home in Manyaska Township in Martin County.  In 1955 they moved to a home in Kimball Township, Jackson County.  Betty kept herself busy raising a family and keeping a clean house.  Betty picked up a few jobs throughout the years working at the Red Owl and VFW.  She also worked a lunch wagon which she would bring around to the Jackson County Fair and Farm Sales and Auctions throughout the county.  In 1999 Betty and Robert moved into the city of Jackson where they made there home until Roberts passing on May 12, 2004.  After Roberts passing, Betty continued to make her home in Jackson until she passed away on Sunday November 9, 2008 at the age of 74 years, nine months, and 22 days.

Betty was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Minnesota.  She was both confirmed and baptized into the Lutheran faith on December 24, 1950.  Betty really enjoyed playing cards, gardening, knitting, sewing, crocheting and going to rummage sales.  Betty also enjoyed traveling with her longtime friend Connie.  They would go up to Crane Lake and fish and just enjoy each others company. 

Betty is survived by her three sons; Robert (Sheryl) Crissinger, Jr. of Jackson, Minnesota; Tom Crissinger and Jim Crissinger, both of Jackson, Minnesota; Judy (Roger) Willardson  of Estherville, Iowa; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and her sister Lillian (Carl) Larson of Jackson, Minnesota.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years Robert; her two infant sons, Billy and Charles Crissinger; and her sister Gladys Svehla.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday November 14, 2008 at 10:30AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, with Pastor Steve Wilson officiating.  Burial will be immediately following the service at the Sherburn City Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday November 13, 2008 from 5-7PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Blessed Be the Memory of Betty Lou Crissinger.

1 thought on “Betty Lou Crissinger”

  1. Sheryl Crissinger says:

    Betty became my mother-in-law about a year and a half ago, but I knew Betty a long time before that. She was a fun-loving person and someone that was very easy to talk to. We enjoyed the same things and had a lot of good times together. I always valued her opinions regarding cooking, raising plants, and anything else I had questions on. I am going to miss Betty very much as a mother-in-law, but more as a firend.

    Sheri Crissinger

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