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Betty Jean Boss

Betty Jean Boss Betty Jean Boss

Betty Jean Marie Boss passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the age of 94 under the tender care of St. Croix Hospice. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

Betty Jean was born July 30, 1929, to Elsie (Karsten) and Franklin Kraut. Born at just three pounds, the size of a cigar box not expected to live, her mother and grandmother cared and nursed her to health. Betty grew to be quite a survivor.

As a young girl Betty Jean lived in Curtiss, above the Deer View Tavern with grandparents, parents and aunts. Franklin and Elsie moved to Medford, where Betty went to grade school. The war broke out and the family moved to a farm near Owen, where Betty Jean attended high school, graduating in 1947. Betty Jean continued her education at Teacher College in Medford. After completing her training she taught in a one room school house where she had to carry water and tend a fire to stay warm.

September 29, 1951, Betty Jean married Ernest C. Boss of Abbotsford. They made their home on a farm just outside Abbotsford where they worked side by side and raised their four children. Betty Jean stayed on the farm until November 2021. Betty took a job at DHIA in Colby in 1979 where she retired from.

Betty Jean has been a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. She loved her petunias in the summer, enjoyed sewing, reading and baking the perfect batch of bread. Betty Jean is survived by her children: Susan (Harley) Timmerman of Hudson, Sandra (Dan) Petersen of Cross Plains, Donald Boss of Abbotsford and Jean Ann (Matt) Lampi of Owen; her grandchildren: Tyler (Valerie) Petersen of Burlington, Quinten (Megan) Petersen of Wauwatosa, Courtney (Lucas) Keller of Waukesha and Ryan Lampi of Owen and five great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a sister, Bunee (Kraut) Schultz of Rice Lake. Betty was preceded in death by husband, Ernest, in November of 1979; her parents; her sister, Beverley Kraut in 2021 and many other loved ones young and old.

A funeral service will be held in honor of Betty Jean at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford on Monday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10. The Reverend Donald Bruce will preside. A luncheon will be served at the church after interment, all are welcome.

Memorials given in Betty’s name will go to Christ Lutheran Church.

The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff of Colby Senior Care and those visiting with Mom from St. Croix Hospice these last few months.

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