Betty Lou (Dunham) Koski, 77, died peacefully on Oct. 7, 2016, at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville, surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born on June 14, 1939, in Little Fork, Minn., to John and Evelyn (Tollefsrud) Dunham. She was raised in International Falls, Minn., where she met her husband, William, in high school. They were married on June 16, 1962, during Bill's two-week leave from the Army. Bill and Betty made their home and raised their family in Golden Valley, Minn., where they lived in the same home for 37 years until moving to Stewartville in 2005. They enjoyed 12 winters in Casa Grande. Betty earned her bachelors degree in math education and Russian from Bemidji State and taught school for one year in Kimball, Minn., before getting married. At her core, Betty was a professional mother/homemaker. Not only did she raise two children of her own, she and Bill became foster parents in 1980 and fostered 13 children until 1993, many of whom she was still in contact with. She was actively involved and loved helping in the lives and activities of her children and grandkids. Although she never again taught inside the classroom setting, she spent many years influencing children in Sunday school, confirmation classes, directing choirs and tutoring. She was faith-filled follower of Jesus and prayer warrior whose generosity blessed so many and could be found reading her Bible daily. She was a consummate list-maker and record-keeper, recording notes and making lists for nearly every aspect of her life. She enjoyed sewing and scrapbooking, sappy Hallmark Channel movies, doing crossword puzzles and word games, reading Amish/Christian fiction, and playing cards and Mexican Train dominoes during their Arizona happy hours. Her deep love of music was passed on to her family. It is safe to say that dessert was her love language. There was always a pan of something sweet when family and friends gathered. Betty is survived by her devoted husband, Bill; brother, John (Sandra) Dunham of Vancouver, Wash.; son, David (Paula) Koski, of Golden Valley; daughter Karyn (Greg) Hintermeister of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Nathan (Heidi) Koski, Eleanor (Michael) Migneault, and Kaylynn Koski, Cole, Julia, Renna and Jack Hintermeister, and one adored great-granddaughter, Evangeline Joy Migneault. She is also survived by brother-in-law Paul (Cathy) Koski, six wonderful nieces and nephews, many dear cousins and lifetime best friend, Peggy Jo Gustafson. She is preceded in death by her parents and newborn twin sister, Bonnie Lee. The good news is that her favorite dessert recipes were found, and we will share her favorites at a Celebration of Life Service at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville. We would have had it at the more traditional 10 a.m. to serve lunch, but she made her wishes known saying, "When you have my memorial, it had better be in the afternoon. I don't do mornings!" As she passed, her family was singing these words, and seems most fitting: "Oh God, You are my God, and I will ever praise You I will seek You in the morning, I will learn to walk in Your ways Step by step You'll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days."
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