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Services: Our Savior's Lutheran Church ~ Faribault
  Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation: At the church for one hour prior to the services on Thursday.

Bettylou C. Ahlman, age 74, of Faribault, died on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Faribault on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Ashley Osborn officiating. Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery, North Morristown.

Memorial visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Bettylou C., the daughter of Martin "Cap" and Betty (Pooch) Ahlman was born on May 5, 1940 in Morristown. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1958. Bettylou married Erling R. Thorson on November 1, 1958. She received her R.N. from Hibbing Community College, her B.S. in Nursing from St. Mary's University and her Masters in Anesthesia from the University of Minnesota. Bettylou had a lifelong career in nursing and anesthesia with her final 18 years spent working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. After retirement in 2006, she continued to be active in the "Vapor Chicks", a group of retired CRNA's from Mayo. She was very active at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, was a Master Gardener with Rice County Master Gardeners and was a member of the local chapter of P.E.O. Her lifelong interests were gardening, playing piano, tai-chi, and entertaining family and friends at home, which included music and bonfires.

She is survived by five children, Jay (and Beth) Thorson of Milwaukee, Tamara (and Kim) Bredeson of Alexandria, Scot (and Jill) Thorson of Columbia Heights, Michelle Rieb of Santa Barbara, CA and Renee Thorson of Albert Lea; 15 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and three brothers, Frank (and Joyce) of Faribault, Larry and Martin, both of Morristown.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Dawn Thorson.



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Name: The Rodriguez Family
Email: mrod2811@gmai.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2014


Jay, Beth & family, Know that our heartfelt prayers follow you this week and going forward. God's choicest blessings with sure and certain hope of HIS resurrection! Mike, Shari, JP, Maddie Rodriguez

Name: judith keogh
Email: keogh011@umn.edu
Date: Thursday October 09, 2014


Bettylou has been part of our MasterGardener program since 2007. She was a great asset to our program for the past seven years. I know she was an avid gardener but she also had the ability to share her extensive knowledge of horticulture with others. She was smart, caring and very loyal. She always said "yes" when asked to participate with a project and rarely missed a MasterGardener meeting. She left us all so suddenly, a dear friend to many of us and such a gift to our program.

Name: Wanda Koehler
Email: Wkoehler@frontiernet.net
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2014


Bettylou was a member of our Tai Chi Ch'uan class. We enjoyed her sunny smile. She and signed up for the Tai Chi retreat at Shattuck-St. Mary's. As it turned out, I could attend only the Friday night session. I really enjoyed spending that evening with her. I will always cherish the fact that I had the privilege of knowing her.