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Beverly Botzet, 80

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Beverly Joyce Botzet, 80, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Sharons Senior Services, where she had lived for the last three years.

Beverly was born to Marie Togstad on August 22, 1933 in Minneapolis. As a baby she was adopted into the family of Otto and Mable Svee. She grew up in Alexandria where she attended school and worked as a waitress at Ollies Caf.

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Beverly married the "love of her life," Edward Botzet on May 15, 1956 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Alexandria. Of this union they had seven children, Richard, Kenneth, Joseph, Marlys, Bernard, Janice and Kathleen.

Beverly and her family lived on Eds parents homesteaded farm. She helped on the farm by tending to the pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. She also tended to her flower and vegetable gardens, canning and freezing the produce that was harvested. It was important to Beverly that her family have the teachings of the Lord, and also taught them good work ethics.

Beverly enjoyed visiting and playing cards with family and friends. She enjoyed dancing and her trips to the casino. She was an excellent cook and baker and never let anyone go home hungry. She always had a smile on her face. Beverly enjoyed listening to old-time music and going out to eat. Beverly was a loving, caring, and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Beverly is survived by her sons, Richard (Judy) Botzet of Fairmont, Ken Botzet of Carlos, Joe Botzet of Carlos, Bernie (Michelle) Botzet of Winfield, Kansas; daughters, Marlys Botzet (significant other, Rodney McClellan) of Carlos, Janice (Tim) Swanson of Carlos, Kathy (Bryan) Heid of Nelson; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Mavis Maher of Osakis; and brothers, James (Connie) Svee of Alexandria and Donald (Maxine) Svee of Alexandria. She is also survived by her extended family, Richard (Beth) Svee of Santa Cruz, CA, Jerome (Michelle) Svee of Duluth, Marion (Richard) Christy of Seminole, FL. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Botzet; sisters, Helen Zentgraf and Ardell Maher; brothers, Maynard Svee, Edwin Svee and Stanley Svee. She was also preceded in death by James Svee of Capitola, CA.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, October 4 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Father David Petron celebrated the Mass and the Belles of St. Nicholas provided special music. Interment was at the church cemetery. Casket bearers were Brian Swanson, Michael Swanson, Brandon Botzet, Gene Hesse Sr., David Botzet and Jeremy Botzet.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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