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Betty J. Eriksen, age 83 of Carlton, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 in Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born Oct. 10, 1930 in Onida, SD to Erna (Breitkreutz) and Conrad Schmitz.

Betty attended the Franklin Hospital School of nursing in Minneapolis, Minn attaining her LPN and had worked for Dr. Butler prior to working many years at Nopeming Nursing Home, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and the church circle. Her hobbies included card playing especially cribbage, traveling and camping while visiting relatives, Carlton Senior Citizens activities and enjoyed her cats and dogs.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Don in 2010; sister Rose Schmitz; and brother Clarence Schmitz.

She is survived by her sons Gary and Dean; Carol (Gerlovich) Lamke whom Betty referred to as her daughter; brother Lloyd (Ellen) Schmitz; sister-in-law Pat Schmitz; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Sunday July 27, 2014 in Nelson Funeral Care. Funeral service is held 11 a.m. Monday, July 28th in Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton with a one hour prior visitation. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial in the church social hall. To leave an online condolence, visit