Caroline Tillie Bettin, 92, Urbank, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.
Caroline was born May 31, 1921 to Peter and Barbara (Reger) Koep in Urbank. She was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank. She grew up in Urbank and attended Sacred Heart Parochial School through the 8th grade.
Following her education, she moved to Joplin, Missouri where she worked as a nanny. She was united in marriage to George Bettin in August of 1944. Following their marriage they returned to Urbank.
In addition to raising her family, Caroline worked as a cook at the Sacred Heart School, Old Mill and Vining Palace. She worked as a clerk for the Urbank Co-Op store until it closed three years ago when she was 89 years. She was a member of the Urbank Lions, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Christian Mothers for 55 years, church board and choir.
In her free time, Caroline enjoyed trips to the casino, playing cards and dice and watching Twins and Bombers baseball. She golfed until the age of 87, handmade each grandchild a quilt, gardened and canned, especially pickles, which she gave to everyone. She loved to entertain her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Caroline lived in Urbank almost all of her life and loved the town, church and people. Even during her brief stay at Bethany she looked forward to outings with her friends and family. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; daughter-in-law, Arlene; five brothers, Arthur, George, Alfred, Harry and Edmund; and two sisters, Helen and Eleanor.
Caroline is survived by her three sons, Frank of Parkers Prairie, Ken (Sandy) of Avon and Pat (Claudette) of Parkers Prairie; two daughters, Muriel (Mike) Nirschl of Moorhead and Joyce Schiele of Starbuck; sisters, Viola Klimek of Urbank and Evelyn Roers of Alexandria; sisters-in-law, Hildegard Dorn of Fergus Falls and Evelyn Koep of Parkers Prairie; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, September 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank with the Rev. Matthew Crane officiating and Carla Bettin as reader. Music was provided by Kim Byrne and the church choir. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Troy Bettin, Monty Bettin, Chad Bettin, Scot Bettin, Kyle Bettin, Cole Nirschl and Kevin Koep. Honorary pallbearers were the Urbank Lions and Christian Mothers.
Arrangements are by Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Service; www.lindfamilyfh.com.