August 25, 2019
- 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
August 25, 2019
- 7:00 PM
August 26, 2019
- 2:00 PM visitation one hour before funeral
God called Betty home in the early hours of August 23, 2019. She was 80 years old.
Betty was born January 5, 1939 to Milton and Magdalene (Harles) Bergseth. She graduated from Shanley High School then attended the University of North Dakota. She returned to Fargo after one year to be with her sweetheart, Leonard Rezac. A match made in heaven, they married on October 25, 1958 and made their home in north Fargo.
Children were always at the forefront of Betty’s life and from an early age she said she wanted to “get married and have a bunch of kids.” God blessed Betty and Leonard with five wonderful children of their own but feeling called to do more, they opened their hearts and home to foster babies. Over the course of ten years Betty, and her family, cared for a total of 86 foster babies. In doing so, Betty got her wish… five of her own plus 86 foster babies is certainly “a bunch.”
In September 1983, her beloved Leonard passed away. With one child still at home, Betty went back to school and earned a degree in medical terminology.
In addition to raising a family and fostering children, Betty worked for Bergseth Bros., Gate City Bank, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After retiring from BC/BS, she returned to what she loved most, working with children, and took a job as a bus aide for Head Start. She was active in her church and community as well as an avid knitter and crocheter, creating and donating countless baby blankets.
In 2012 Betty was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She moved to Memory Care at Touchmark in 2016 and quickly became a favorite with many staff members.
Betty leaves behind a wonderful legacy in her children: Debbie Kelly, Diane (Greg) Lorenz, Tim Rezac, Kevin (Pam) Rezac, and Kelly (Lori) Rezac; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings Rick (Lois) Bergseth, Lorr (Al) Evert, and Cindy Sund.
She has been welcomed in Heaven by Leonard, her parents, son-in-law Kevin Kelly and her sister Joanne.
VISITATION: 5 -7 PM, with a rosary at 6:30, Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Sunday at Boulger Funeral Home
FUNERAL MASS: 2 PM Monday, August 26, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo – visitation one hour prior to the service
BURIAL: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo