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Betty Nordgulen

Betty Nordgulen

Nov. 17, 1936-May 28, 2013

Betty R. Nordgulen, 76, of Milaca, Minn., died Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at her residence, under Hospice care.

Betty Rose Nordgulen was born to Hans and Anne Figge Andresen on November 17 1936 in Hankinson, North Dakota. In 1944 she moved with her family to Richwood Township in rural Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended country school near her home. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1954. She then worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone in Detroit Lakes.

On Jan. 1, 1956 she was united in marriage to Arlin Nordgulen in Detroit Lakes. For 18 months they lived in France, where Arlin was stationed in the service. Following Arlin's discharge they moved to Moorhead. Throughout the years they lived in various places, including Atlanta, Ga., Fargo, Minot and Grand Forks, N.D., and Kansas City, Mo.

Betty decided to further her education and in 1983 earned an Associate R.N. Degree from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. In 1985 they moved to Alexandria, where she worked at the Douglas County Hospital and later as a public health nurse for Douglas County. She retired in 1987.

Betty and Arlin had been living in Milaca for the past year. She loved cross stitching, traveling, fishing, cooking, and baking. She was an extremely caring person who thoroughly enjoyed being a nurse and time spent with her grandchildren.

Surviving Betty are her husband Arlin; two sons, Bradley Nordgulen of Overland Park and Keith Nordgulen of Greenfield, Wis.; two daughters, LeeAnn (Dennis) Hanson of Litchfield and Amy (Troy) Kuether of Milaca; six grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (Cheryl) Andresen of Spokane, Wash.; two sisters, Dorothy Erlandson of Hilmar, Calif., and Carol Hukriede of Detroit Lakes; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, Jean Johnson and Mary Rudolph.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday June 1 in Lund Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with interment in the church cemetery. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at