Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Gergen, age 84, of rural Hastings, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday February 18, 2012.
Betty was born June 7, 1927 in St. Paul to Clem and Anna (Kunza) Schabert. She married Sylvester Gergen November 10, 1956 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in South St. Paul. They lived and farmed south of Hastings. Betty was a retired longtime employee at Smead Manufacturing of Hastings. Sylvester died on February 28, 2006. Besides her parents and her husband Sylvester, Betty is preceded in death by her twin brother Will Schabert & his wife Lil, as well as a sister-in-law Bev Schabert.
Betty is survived by her daughters Barbara (David) Meyers of Hastings, Susan (Dennis) Beissel of Hampton, 6 grandchildren Kelly (Jeff) Niederkorn, Andy (Kristy) Meyers, Danny (Kaidy Sirinek) Meyers, Angela Beissel, Nicholas (Stacey) Beissel and Matthew (Jessica) Beissel. She is also survived by 4 great grandchildren Lukas Niederkorn, Charlie Meyers, Jacob Beissel and Maddison Beissel; also by a sister Lorraine (Frank) Lothenbach, a brother Allen Schabert; sisters-in-law Helen Gergen, Clarice Gergen and Sylvia Gergen.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the funeral.
Funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Stan Mader will be at 10:30 am Thursday, February 23, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Trier, MN. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.