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Betty Steen
Lancaster, Minn. - Betty JoAnn Steen, 78, Lancaster, Minn., died at her home Nov. 16, 2012.  Betty was born at Hallock, Minn., March 26, 1934 to Ernest and Amy (Hendrickson) Gustafson.  She grew up at Lancaster and attended school there. 
Dec. 17, 1950 she was united in marriage to Orville Steen at Crookston, Minn.  The couple lived in International Falls, Minn. for a short time before returning to Lancaster.
Betty worked at the Red Owl Store (formerly the Co-op Store) and the Lancaster Locker Plant for several years. She and Orville also did upholstery work in their home for many years. In 1985 she started Betty’s Daycare and in 1997 was named “Daycare Provider of the Year”. She retired in 2011 but was available to baby sit if needed. Her daycare children became additional grandchildren to her.
Orville died Feb. 16, 1988.
She was a member of Sion Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Cancer Society.  
She was well loved as a mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend to many.  Her passions were faith and  family. She was a master gardener and loved sharing with all. We will miss her zest for life. The way she lived her life was an inspiration to her family.  
She is survived by her children, Rosemarie Steen, Cathy (Brad)
Homstad, Connie (George) Zondagh, Craig Steen and Mary Ellen (James) Diamond, all of Lancaster; six grandchildren, Ross (Brooke) Homstad, Brett Homstad, Chase Homstad, Brady Diamond, Shelby Diamond and Ty Diamond; a great grandson, Trekker Homstad; brothers, Reynold (Florence), Phoenix, Ariz., Harold (Janice), Bloomington, Minn., William
(Judy), Bloomington and Richard (Kathy), Burnsville, Minn.; sisters, Mary Zarins, Minnetonka, Minn. and Virginia (Robert) Crounse, Berrien Springs, Mich. as well as nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville; a daughter, Deborah Lee; a granddaughter, Lisa Marie and a brother, John.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 11 a.m. in Sion Lutheran Church, Lancaster. Interment will be in Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lancaster. Rev. Melodi Hagen, presiding; Erik Finney, soloist; and Jacki Przekwas, organist.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ross Homstad, Brett Homstad, Chase Homstad, Brady Diamond and Ty Diamond.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of Betty’s Daycare Children.
The Austin Funeral Home of Hallock is in charge of arrangements.

Visitor Comments
Submitted By: Jeff W Turner Submitted: 11/21/2012
Betty and Orville were so nice to my family and it seemed everyone up north. Heaven is a wonderful place filled with Glory and Grace and especially the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Praying you sense His Love and fullness...

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