ROCHESTER, MINN: Bette A. Fellows, 70, of Rochester, passed away February 28, 2011 at Samaritan Bethany Heights after a lengthy battle with dementia with lewybodies. Bette was born February 9, 1941 in Rochester, MN to Newton and Lucille (Muller) Haggerty. Bette attended Rochester Central High School and graduated from John Marshall's first graduating class in 1959. Bette married Duane Fellows on June 9, 1963 at St. John's Catholic Church in Rochester, MN> They made their home in Rochester and raised their children, Kimberly and Todd. Bette worked for the Methodist Hospital, ABC, Tupperware and was a full time mother and home maker. She was an active volunteer for Hoover Elementary School, Rochester Youth Hockey and both Samaritan Bethany locations as well as being a longtime member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She enjoyed watching baseball, hockey, Wheel of Fortune and football, especially John Marshall and the Vikings. Bette liked being with people, she had a wonderful sense of humor, a lovely smile and a hearty laugh. She loved her family, grandchildren and friends. Bette is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Duane; daughter, Kimberly DiPasquale of Las Vegas, NV; son, Todd (Christy) Fellows of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Jordan DiPasquale (5), Grant Fellows (7) and Claire Fellows (4); sisters, Teresa (Donald) Dahl of Rochester, Mary Jo (Jim) Stockfleth of Medford, OR and Kathleen (Chuck) Heath of Lawrence, KS. Bette was preceded in death by her father, Newton Haggerty; mother, Lucille Nigon and stepfather, Leo Nigon.Bette will be missed by her family and friends. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW., Rochester where a prayer service will begin at 6:30 PM. Memorial Mass will be held 11:00AM Thursday, March 3, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church 1315 12th Ave. NW, Rochester with visitation from 10:00 AM until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Research 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
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I just heard the news of Bette's passing today. I am deeply saddened, as I truly enjoyed seeing her for her Coumadin checks at the NE Clinic. She was one of my favorite patients, and I will miss seeing her smiling face. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that she is smiling down upon you and your family.
With a saddened heart,
I am so grateful to have visited with Bette when I was in Rochester last year. She was a good friend when we went thru high school together. Duane, You and your family have my deepest sympathies.
Bette was the last women to give me a yellow rose! It was just one of the many kind, thoughtful, caring gestures she did for me as her neighbor...and always with a smile! I will miss her! My condolences to you Duane and your family.
to the family of Bette Fellows
i went to central high and graduated with bette, and she was the nicest young lady. May god grant her and her family a peace of heart now. pauline
Our sympathy to Duane and all of the family. Betty was always so friendly and full of fun and definitely a hard worker at St. Pius activities. She will be missed.
Duane & Family:
I just heard about the death of Betty and wish to extend my sincere offer of prayers for her and all of you. I will always remember Betty from my days at St. Pius and the many laughs we shared. My years as pastor of St. Pius are years that I remember filled with much happiness and wonderful parishioners of which Betty and you were a part. I also remember that we used to talk about our birthdays as we both were born in February. So, please know that if I am not able to get to Rochester on Wednesday or Thursday, she will have a special place in my thoughts and remembrance at my morning Masses on Wednesday and Thursday.
I am sure that the past months and years were not easy for her and all of you but she is at peace now.
God Bless, Fr. Tom