Edward Botzet, 81Edward Paul Botzet, 81, died January 26, 2010 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Edward Paul Botzet, 81, died January 26, 2010 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Ed was born February 24, 1928 in Carlos Township to Paul and Selma (Ritten) Botzet. He attended District #69 country school and helped his father on the farm. He enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. After Ed returned from the war he met the love of his life, Beverly Svee. They were married May 15, 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. To this union they had seven children, Richard, Kenneth, Joseph, Marlys, Bernard, Janice and Kathleen. Ed farmed his entire life on the farm that his parents had homesteaded and his sons, Ken and Joe, continue to farm. He continued to help his sons with farm work whenever he could.
Ed was a hard working, structured man who loved his family and had a big heart. Throughout Ed’s life he provided well for his wife and children. In his early years, he did some woodworking projects in his spare time. He loved the outdoors – fishing, hunting and taking summer naps on the lawn. On the farm he milked cows, raised pigs, cattle, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and grew crops. He also enjoyed occasional visits to the casino and playing cards with his neighbors. As he retired from farming, his passion turned to gardening. He loved to tend his garden and canned the many vegetables he grew. He loved the heat of the warm summer days. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Beverly Botzet of Carlos; sons, Richard (Judy) Botzet of Fairmont, Ken Botzet of Carlos, Joe Botzet and friend Marlene Hansen of Carlos, Bernie Botzet of Winfield, Kansas; daughters, Marlys Botzet and significant other, Rodney McClellan, of Carlos, Janice (Tim) Swanson of Carlos, Kathy (Bryan) Heid of Nelson; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Botzet of International Falls; sister, Arlene Muzik of Forada; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Memorial Mass was held January 30 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River. Inurnment was at the church cemetery. Urn bearer was United States Marine Corps LCPL David Botzet. Honorary urn bearers were all of Edward’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #936 and American Legion Post #87 performed military rites.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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