Betty B. RauvolaBetty B. Rauvola, 84, of Floodwood, passed peacefully away on her birthday, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Betty B. Rauvola, 84, of Floodwood, passed peacefully away on her birthday, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the Hummingbird Assisted Living in Meadowlands.
Betty was born in Duluth on Dec. 14, 1929, to Olga and Peter August Lindquist.
She graduated from Meadowlands High School. Betty worked at age 15 as an aid at St. Mary’s Hospital in the maternity ward, and then after graduation, at Marshall Wells in Duluth.
She enjoyed telling the story of meeting her husband, Lenard Rauvola, on a blind date. They married July 14, 1951, and lived in Floodwood where they had a dairy farm. They enjoyed country living, and decided to rebuild after the farm was destroyed by a tornado in 1969. She and Len enjoyed sitting at the river with a thermos of coffee, holding hands. Each of her children has goose down pillows and quilts made by her. All were impressed with her ability to feed a crowd at a moment’s notice. Betty enjoyed being in her garden, bee-keeping, reading, cross country skiing, relaxing at the cabin on Big Sturgeon at Side Lake, playing cards with the neighbors, and time with her grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Lenard on Nov. 27, 2010; brothers, Morris Lindquist and Gordon Lindquist; sisters, Margaret Feknor, Doris Huffman, and June Colombe.
She is survived by daughter, Ann (Jayant) Rauvola of Minneapolis; sons Steven (Joni) of La Crescent, Larry (Dea) of Hermantown, and Dale (Mary) of Floodwood; grandchildren, Kirsten, Jon (Jadrienne), Drew (Elizabeth), Jay, Eric, Maija, Hunter, and Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Tanner, Emerson, Sydney, Chloe, and Carter; sisters, Lois Holmes of Warba, Bernice Adamski of Duluth, and Inez Buxton of Floodwood; and many wonderful nephews and nieces.
The family is very thankful to the staff at the Hummingbird who cared for her the last nine months.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 in Hope Lutheran Church, Floodwood with visitation one hour prior. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Rich Event Center, Main Street, Floodwood. Inurnment will be in the spring at Forest Hill Cemetery, Van Buren Township. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com