Betty Olerud

betty olerud
Betty Jane Olerud, 91, Moorhead, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Sanford Health, Fargo. Betty was born March 7, 1924 in Ft. Ransom, North Dakota to Adolph “Duffy” and Rose (Wuestneck) Erickson. She moved with her family to Bruce, South Dakota where she attended school. She worked for Western Union in Fargo before accepting a position in Portland, Oregon. She married Ira Olerud on October 4, 1946 in Portland. They moved to Fargo for a few years before making their home in St. Paul for 50 years. They moved back to Fargo in 2007 where Betty resided until her passing. Betty loved to knit, cook and bake, especially anything sweet. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ira, Moorhead, MN; son, Scott (Susan) Ebersole, St. Cloud, MN and niece, Betty Lois (Ray) Brose, GA and the special family of Olerud’s including many nieces, nephews, brother and sisters in law. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters; Nell (Swan) Swanson, Rosemary (Lloyd) Hanson and Lois Ebersole. Memorial Service: 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.

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  1. My Dear Sweet Aunt,
    I will miss you so much! You have been a joy and an inspiration in my life.

  2. We have so nice memories from visiting your home, your pancakes, your cookies, your smile ! Those memories will always have a place in our hearts.
    The Hagens in Norway send their condolances.
    With love, Wenche and Magne Hagen

  3. I have such fond memories of all the time my family and I have spent with Aunt Betty over the years. Your love, support, and kindness to us will never be forgotten and will always be cherished by us all.
    God bless and rest in peace.
    Love, Patty and family

  4. Please rest in peace sweet Aunt Betty.
    We loved you so much and will miss you dearly.

    Andy (Olerud) Broughton – niece

  5. Aunt Betty you were my favorite! Every time we visited you greeted us with your signature kiss and we felt special. I cherish those visits to Prosperity Ave in St Paul. Rest in peace. God bless your kind and giving soul. You will live on in our hearts. xoxo

  6. Dear Aunt Betty,

    I will cherish childhood memories of visiting you in North Dakota and recently your sweet cards after Atticus and Dorothy were born. You will be cherished and missed always. Lots of love.

    Heidi, Michael, Atticus & Dorothy Fimognari

  7. I will always have such great childhood memories of all the times that my family spent with Aunt Betty and Uncle Ira, especially when we would travel to St. Paul. I will never forget the happy times had at 990 Prosperity Avenue! Betty always had wonderful baked treats, and I can remember how much I loved the way that she would give hugs and leave a little red lipstick on your cheek!

    Betty would always let my brother Tom and I take Bingo for walks too. But we could only go to the end of the block and back. Wonderful and simpler times. Those weekend visits were priceless; my brother Tom and I would sometimes get to sleep in the basement in our cousin Scottie’s room! Wow, that was pretty cool for us, but probably not so great for Scottie, but I can recall when he would be there, and as kids, we were in awe.

    Betty, you will be missed by many loved ones. May you be at peace now.

    Love Your Niece, Julie Ann

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