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Betty Jean Kalis, age 90, of Walters, MN, died Monday, June 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at United Lutheran Church in Walters, MN with Pastor Don Rose officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was born March 16, 1929 in Walters, MN, the daughter of Vern and Clara (Enser) Sauer. Betty went to High School and continued her education by going through accounting training and post office management training. Betty was united in marriage to Ellwood Peterson, 1947 in Walters, MN. Together they had 5 children. Ellwood died in 1955. On July 23, 1966 she married Francis Kalis at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Betty worked in the accounts receivable department for Interstate Power and was a Postmistress in Walters and Bricelyn for over 25 years. She enjoyed making quilts, baking pies, making birthday cakes for the Freeborn School and road trips in the car.

Betty is survived by her children: Sheryl (Dan) Buchholz of Brooklyn Park, MN, Delrene (Alan) Kayser of New Brighton, MN, Debra (Ken) Limmer of Cloquet, MN, Brad (Jan) Peterson of Roseville, MN, and Dori (Dennis) Klocek of Albert Lea, MN; 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; siblings: Barb (Wayne) Enderson of Tyler, MN and Clair (Lois) Sauer of Lewiston, MN; sisters-in-law: Elaine Wanzek of Twin Cities, MN and Violet Kalis of Albert Lea, MN; along with many nieces and nephews and cousins: Trina (Jay) Bendickson, GeDee (Kurt) Unke and family and Doris Troll.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Ellwood Peterson and Francis Kalis; granddaughter Cristina Buchholz; siblings: Orville Sauer, Verneta Reindal and Ralph Sauer; nephew Fred Wanzek; niece Kathleen Schewe; sisters-in-law: Leona Sauer and Evelyn Harmon; brothers-in-law: Ralph Reindal, Norbert Wanzek, Ray Harmon and Henry Kalis; cousins: Ralph (Sonja) Troll and Kelly Troll.