Betty Louise Cook, age 83, of Frazee, passed away December 6, 2014, at the Frazee Care Center under the care of Red River Valley Hospice.
Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Betty was born February 15, 1931, in Detroit Lakes, MN, to John and Mary Ann (Lorsung) Kraker Sr. She was baptized and confirmed at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Ogema, MN. Betty attended elementary school in Ogema, MN, and Waubun High School, graduating in 1949.
Betty married Cecil Cook at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Ogema, MN, on October 27, 1949. The couple made their home in Ogema for the first 10 years of their married life. In 1959, they moved their family; 3 daughters and 1 son, to Frazee.
Betty was a homemaker and wonderful mother. In 1961, she began working at the Frazee Red Owl Store. In 1969, Betty was hired at the Frazee School as a cook. She worked her way to head cook, retiring in 1996.
Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Her faith in God was very important to her. She was a member of the Christian Mothers, Paradise Singers, Ladies Auxiliary VFW, and Red Hats. She enjoyed bowling; and was inducted into the bowling hall of fame. She also enjoyed golf, playing cards and games with her family and friends. Betty, along with her beloved husband, Cecil, enjoyed camping and many summers at Lake 6.
Betty and Cecil were very proud of their 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 soon to be born, and 3 great great grandchildren.
Betty is survived by 3 daughters: Patty (Garvin) Mindt of Cambridge, MN, Pam (Dan) Giefer of Frazee and Mary (Mark) Kemper of Frazee; 1 son, Gary (Debbie) Cook of Maplewood, MN; 3 sister-in-law: Carol Barker of Bemidji, MN, Betty June (Maurice) Coughlin of Moose Lake, MN and Edith Cook of Ottertail, MN; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents; step-mother, Tillie (Lorsung) Kraker; husband, Cecil; 4 brothers: Laurence (Irma) Kraker, Leonard (Betty) Kraker, John Kraker Jr., and James Kraker; 5 sisters: Florence (William) James, Mary Ann (Bert) Niehaus, Margaret (Vernon) Backus, Mitzi (Val) Caspers and Rosalie Kraker.