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Elizabeth Betty Pikkaraine
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Obituary for Elizabeth Betty Pikkaraine

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Pikkaraine passed away on October 27, 2017 at Perham Living, Perham, Minnesota at the age of 87. Betty was born on February 12, 1930, to Olof and Ida Pary of Newton Township during a snow storm. She attended country school in Newton Township and graduated from New York Mills High School.

In 1948, she married Eldred Pikkaraine of Otto Township where they raised their family and farmed for over 40 years. Upon retirement Eldie and Betty moved to Lake Buchanan where they enjoyed their retirement years. After Eldie’s death in 2002, Betty moved to New York Mills where she was very active in the Senior Center, Apostolic Lutheran Church and Finn Creek.

Throughout her life, Betty was known as an excellent cook, baker and hostess. She loved to entertain family and friends at holiday meals and other occasions. Betty’s cakes and desserts were legendary. Betty was a talented seamstress her entire life creating wedding dresses, baptismal gowns, numerous crafts and quilts. Her artistic talent is showcased by the many and beautiful quilts she created.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, Olof and Ida Pary, her husband of 54 years, Eldred Pikkaraine, son-in-law Dennis Hayden, her siblings: Wallace (Dorothy) Pary, Jean (George) Nylund, Robert Pary, Charles Pary and brother-in-law Gerald VanWatermulen.

She is survived by her daughters Karen Hayden of Coon Rapids, MN and Kathleen (David) Kowitz of Moorhead, MN; three grandchildren Angela, Jonathan (Kris) and Kristopher (fiance, Alex); seven great-grandchildren William (Rachel), Anthony, Jonathan, Jennifer, Abigail, Hunter and Bryn; sister Susan VanWatermulen, sister-in-laws Mary Pary, Mercedes Pary, Marilyn (Chester) Neuvonen, Shirlyn Bentley and Doris Pikkaraine and numerous nieces and nephews.

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11:00 AM
Apostolic Lutheran Church ~ New York Mills

315 Main Avenue South
New York Mills, MN 56567





11:45 AM
Woodland Cemetery

New York Mills, MN 56567


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