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Betty Bjerstedt 06/12/2021

Betty Bjerstedt 06/12/2021

Betty Bjerstedt (maiden/Woodward, prior/Sutherland) died on June 12, 2021, surrounded by step-family in Hudson, Wisconsin. Betty was born to Leta and Oscar Woodward April 27, 1938 in Fruita, Colorado. She married Larry Sutherland in 1956, and had four children, Mark (deceased), David, Terri (Rick) Benson, and Crystal (Eric) Karnowski. After a divorce in 1975, she married Robert (Bob) Bjerstedt and moved to Wisconsin where she began a long and happy life as a dairywoman, chef, bookkeeper, and family matriarch for a large step-family. She is preceded in death by her mother, Leta, and father, Oscar, husband Bob, prior husband Larry, son Mark, and brother Arthur. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren, three sisters, and many of the extensive Bjerstedt clan. Betty was a natural organizer and felt happiest when she had a bunch of people to feed and manage. Betty and Bob were a true partnership throughout their 44-year marriage. Memorial visitation was held Friday, July 30, 2021 at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division St.) from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  A family memorial service preceded the visitation. To honor her, please toast her with a glass of milk (or other beverage of choice) and imagine her feeding her beloved herd of Holstein calves.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch Betty’s recorded service


  • Jack Hines Posted June 16, 2021 4:04 pm

    My heart, love and prayers to her family and am so thankful for all the lunches she and Bob did at our auctions. May God Bless you all!!

  • Verla (Anderson) Brennan Posted June 16, 2021 5:43 pm

    Remember as a teenager, young mother and the fantastic job she did raising her family. In the past several years her dedication to Bob, her Sisters, Kaye, Carol, and Marilyn and her brother Arthur. Oh the fun Christmas Eve dinners at Harland and Kayes. Oh the laughter and warmth. So sad to hear of her passing.

  • Coleen Peterson Posted June 22, 2021 7:10 pm

    Loved knowing her when she came to ceramic class.what a wonderful woman.

  • Patrick O’Connell Posted June 24, 2021 7:39 am

    Aunt Betty’s love, strength & patience was unreal. You were our family’s blessing from Grand Junction!!

  • Carol Hilton Posted June 27, 2021 9:52 am

    RIP sweet sister. You will be forever missed!

  • Kendra Campbell Posted July 30, 2021 11:47 am

    Some of my favorite memories growing up were all the summers I spent on the farm. Betty taught me so much from crafting to cooking and canning. We were always preparing food for all the other ranchers that seemed to show up out of nowhere and she always did it with smile. Caring for others is what Betty loved most. I will miss her laugh and smile but glad she is reunited with her true love.

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