Betty Juntunen - Watertown


Jan. 4, 1935 – Aug. 5, 2017

Betty Ann Helen Juntunen, 82,  of Watertown, formerly of Bryant, died, surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Estelline Nursing and Care Center after a hard fought battle against congestive heart failure.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. Burial will  follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Estelline. Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m.  Sunday at Geise Funeral Chapel in Estelline.

 Betty Ann Helen (Blumeyer) Juntunen was born on Jan. 4, 1935 in Estelline, the daughter of Amos and Anna (Rust) Blumeyer. 

Betty attended Preston 109 grade school and was a graduate of Estelline High School in 1953. After graduation she worked in Estelline at the Farmers State Bank. She married Don Juntunen on June 17, 1956, in Estelline, where they resided for several months. They moved to rural Vienna in 1957, where they began farming. In 1992, they moved into Bryant, and they continued to farm. Betty was employed by Prairie Lakes Hospital in 1996 and worked for 10 years before retiring.

 Betty was a member of St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Ladies Aide in Watertown. She was a long time member of the Hamlin Merry Mixers Extension Club as well. Betty had many gifts and enjoyed many hobbies, which included her favorite, gardening. She was known as the “flower lady” when she moved into Bryant and turned her corner city lot into an amazing display of beautiful flowers. Her children remember summers filled with flowers and delicious home grown vegetables and winters of home canned goodness. Many hours of Betty’s time was shared with her daughters and granddaughters as she taught them her sewing skills. She enjoyed helping and watching her husband and children prepare and show purebred sheep at different sheep shows and sales. Betty thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of her greatest joys were watching her children and grandchildren in many 4-H and school activities.

 She is surived by two sons, Duane Juntunen and David Juntunen (Colleen), all of Vienna; two daughters, Gwen Taylor (James) of Estelline and Cathy Popham (Bob) of Hayti; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don Juntunen and one sister, Cleone Heibult.

 Condolences may be sent to the family through www.geisefuneralhome.com.

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