Betty Ann Schultes, 83, of Missoula, Mont., passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Hospital due to injuries sustained in a pedestrian automobile accident. 

A memorial service will be held January 3 at 11 a.m. at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia, with Pastor Matt Hausken officiating. Burial will follow at the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia Monday, January 2, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. and continue at the church Tuesday for one hour prior to the service.

 

Betty Ann Schultes, 83, of Missoula, Mont., passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Hospital due to injuries sustained in a pedestrian automobile accident.  A memorial service will be held January 3 at 11 a.m. at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia, with Pastor Matt Hausken officiating. Burial will follow at the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia Monday, January 2, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. and continue at the church Tuesday for one hour prior to the service. Betty was born in Washburn, N.D. July 6, 1928 to Rudolph and Elizabeth Klein. Betty graduated from Turtle Lake, N.D. high school with honors.   As the youngest of three sisters she attended Bismarck School of Nursing and graduated in 1949. She began her nursing career at Denver Children’s Hospital and was later employed at the Bismarck Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. as head nurse on first floor.   In January 1954 she married Al Schultes and raised their three children in Olivia, where they owned and operated Schultes Insurance Agency for 13 years and later purchased the Vesta State Bank. She also enjoyed spending family time at their summer cabin on Kandiyohi Lake.  Betty was married for 38 years at the time of Al’s death. She then moved to Willmar and began her retirement after working more than 40 years.  She enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Caribbean. In 2002 she moved to Missoula where she enjoyed her last years at Grizzly Peak Retirement home.  Betty took great care and pleasure in her family and friends. They loved spending time with her, because of her great sense of humor and zest for life. Betty worked hard her entire life so her children could have the extras she never had as a child and was a great role model, wife, mother and friend. We will be forever thankful to Millar Bryce for his wonderful companionship and attention to our mother. He will always be in our hearts. Betty is survived by her sister, Phyllis Bauer of Turtle Lake, N.D., children Dean Schultes (Julie) of Olivia, daughter Marlys Gillen (Dan) of Missoula and Roger Schultes (Fiancee Jayla) of Missoula.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Kim (Ryan) Kortuem and Brian (Brea) Schultes, and great-grandchildren Logan, Kevin, Kamara, Torren and Kieran.  Betty is preceded in death by her husband Al, her parents Rudolph and Elizabeth Klein, her sister Eileen Bauer and her brother Neil.