BETTY A. GRANDPREY
Betty A. Grandprey (Mrs. Lloyd Grandprey), age 83, of Faribault, formerly of Owatonna and Bloomington, passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna following a courageous fight with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Dr. Paul Meierding officiating. Private interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m. and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service.
Betty Alfreda Bredlow was born August 30, 1930 in Owatonna to Christian A. and FredaL. (Riemann) Bredlow. She graduated from Owatonna High School where she played leads in both her junior and senior class plays. Betty received a certificate to teach piano from Sacred Heart Catholic School where she studied piano under instructor Sister Angela of the Catholic School. At her Senior Recital she played George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue. While in High School she also studied organ at Pillsbury
Academy and played for church services at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna. At Mankato State Teachers College, Betty first received a two-year certificate in elementary education. She taught at a rural school in Steele County, then went back to finish her BS degree, graduating Suma Cum Laude with a kindergarten major. After marriage, she taught at a rural school in Winneshiek County, Iowa; Kindergarten in Owatonna; and Grade Three in Ozark, Alabama while her husband served in the U.S. Army at Camp Rucker. Betty later taught at a private nursery school in Richfield and also taught Sunday school serving as Superintendent of the Pre-School Departments at Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Richfield and Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Betty was a member of First English Lutheran Church. She enjoyed selling poppies as a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Post 43 of Faribault, and volunteering at the Faribault Senior Center.
Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lloyd O. Grandprey; her children, Sheryl Ann of Eden Prairie, Gregory Lloyd (Nina) of Beaver Dam, Wl, and Thomas Christian (Francesca Gori) of Sudbury, MA; grandchildren include Staff Sgt. Alexander (Mandy) Grandprey USMC, 2nd Lt. Anthony Grandprey USMC, Ella Grandprey, Grace Grandprey, Travis (Becky) Kline, and Alisha (Jose) Rodriquez; great grandchildren, number four and are Trevor Kampstra, Kaylee Robinson, Isabelle Rodriquez, and Emeline Grandprey; one brother, Christian D. (Donna) Bredlow of Moorhead, MN.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Christian A. and Freda L. Bredlow and her infant sister Beverly Bredlow.
Memorials are preferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Rice County Veterans Memorial, First English Lutheran Church, or Faribault Area Hospice.
Name: Paul Sarapas
Date: Sunday December 22, 2013
To Tom and the extended Grandprey Family, we send our deepest condolences and best wishes. Paul Sarapas, for the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Community.
Name: Karen Daniels
Date: Thursday December 19, 2013
What wonderful memories we have of Betty Grandprey at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington, where family members were very active. She was such a kind, loving person … always full of praise and thanks to people for their part in church services and activities. I remember stopping at their house to leave music for Tom or Lloyd and finding Betty cooking a pot of something tasty. The house smelled wonderful and so inviting. Thanks be to God for Betty! May God be with all of you in the days ahead as you celebrate and honor this special lady. Karen and Rod Daniels