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Betty Siirila 1931 – 2024

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, God’s Garden gained another pair of hands to tend the beautiful flowers. Betty Siirila, age 92, of Sebeka, Minnesota passed away at Providence Villa in Sebeka, Minnesota where she has been living since 2019.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sebeka. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Pallbearers will be Chad Baker, Dustin Baker, Steve Mootz, Barny Ochoa, Michael Siirila, Andrew Siirila and Mason Siirila.Betty will be laid to rest at Grace Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
Betty was born in Bluffton Township, Minnesota on July 22, 1931, to William and Emma (Kleinke) Schwartz. She attended the Country School in Bluffton and graduated from Sebeka High School. One of her good friends, Lillian Siirila, wanted Betty to meet her brother. So, she set them up on blind date for a hayride. And, as they say, that’s all it took. She married Frederick Siirila on September 1, 1951. They took a short honeymoon fishing on one of the many lakes around the Grand Rapids, MN area as Fred was home on leave from the Air Force. During Fred’s time in the Air Force, they lived in Texas, Oklahoma, England, and Holland. One of Betty’s favorite stories to share was how she sailed on the “HMS Queen Mary” from the United States to Europe to join Fred. Following Fred’s time in the Air Force, the family settled into their new home in Coon Rapids, MN; living there for 32 years before retiring to Sebeka in 1991, where they built their dream home on a family farm.
Betty always stayed busy whether it was at home raising her four children or volunteering at her church or the Historical Society in Sebeka. Betty loved growing vegetables in her garden and then canning them for later. There was always an abundance of home canned goodies in her storage room. She had many other hobbies that she loved. And sharing them with family and friends always brought her joy – from the many cakes she made – especially the Barbie Doll cakes for her granddaughters, to the flannel blankets and quilts she made for her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed her time helping make quilts at her church that were shared with others in the local community and across the world.
Betty’s sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by those that survive her including her children: Debra (Dan) Tholke, Jim (Connie) Siirila, and Alan (Cheryl) Siirila; son-in-law, Ron Mootz; sister, Joan Salo; sisters-in-law: Relma Siirila and Arlene Siirila; brother-in-law, Rowland Bauck, 18 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Waiting to welcome Betty to her Eternal Home is her husband, Frederick; parents, William and Emma Schwartz; daughter Cindy Mootz; brothers and sisters-in-law: William (Olga) Schwartz Jr, Melvin (Marge) Schwartz, Arthur (Clarice) Schwartz; brother-in-law, Lavern Salo; and great-grandson, Matthew Baker.
Arrangements provided by Karvonen Funeral & Cremation Service of Wadena, Minnesota. Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave memorials and condolences on Betty’s Tribute Wall.1-24c

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