Betty Anne Svoboda was born October 1, 1938, to Melvin & Rosie Magnuson, on the Farm in the Pine Grove Area. She was the oldest of 3 children, with two younger brothers; Bill and Martin. Growing up on the Family farm, she attended school at Cottage Grove & St. Walburg. At age 16 she ventured to Portage le Prairie, Manitoba, to live with Uncle Fred & Aunt Irene Porter. Betty worked as a nurse’s aide at Misericordia Hospital before returning to St. Walburg at age 23. At a dance at Pine Grove Hall, she met James Svoboda. On November 18, 1961 Betty & James were married. They moved to the Svoboda Family farm, 6 miles north of St. Walburg, to start their life together. They were blessed with 4 sons; Jeffery, Robert, Thomas & Frederick. Together Betty & James struggled to make a life. Betty worked hard to support the family with whatever means; by milking & feeding cows, gardening & working in the fields in spring & fall. Working tirelessly, she always ensured the Family had everything that was required. Betty took pride in her large bountiful garden. Berry picking was another of her passions. Mom’s berries were always clean. Robert just couldn’t seem to match her cleanliness. Betty loved ice fishing. She happily came home with her limit many times. But arthritis ended her winter passion. Betty of course was still able enjoy a trip or two summer fishing with Fred on his “Patoon” boat as Betty called it, and she joyfully brought in those walleyes. Betty was regarded highly for her fabulous baking and cooking. Betty perfected cabbage rolls so much so that somebody was always asking “Is there any more?” Her doughnuts were always requested & served at every grandchild’s graduation. Betty’s poppy seed buns were definitely a “HIT”. Betty was totally dedicated to her Family, and for that WE will always be Thankful & Grateful.
Betty was predeceased by: her father, Melvin; her mother, Rosie; her brother, Bill; her brothers-in-law, Frank Hoffman & Raymond Svoboda.
Betty leaves to mourn by her passing: her husband of 60 years, James; her sons, Jeffery (Lori), Robert (Debbie), Thomas (Cheryl) & Frederick (Jorin); her brother, Martin (Brenda) Magnuson; her sisters-in-law, Frances Hoffman, and Barb Magnuson; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces & nephews, relatives & friends.
Betty will dearly be missed by All!
Her Memory will be Cherished Forever.
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