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Betty Arlene Vriesacker
  • December 18, 1927 - February 14, 2009
  • Menomonie, Wisconsin

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“I send my condolences to the family. i worked at The Dunn County Health Care center for 9 yrs and knew both your parents. What great people they were...Read More »
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“I am so shocked!! I met Betty when we were Mary Kay ladies together and we became good friends. I have so many good memories of going to the seminar...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Lynda (Smith)Thibado

“Bob & Marcia, Sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great lady and when I was visiting Menomonie & happened to see her she would always give me...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Sara Cardwell

“We were saddened to hear of Betty's passing. We were lucky enough to have spent many hours with Betty working on theater productions. Betty had a...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Linda and Don Broadwell

“I am so thankful I had the chance to know both Betty and Al. Although I knew them only briefly, my heart is saddened. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jack Keller

“When Betty played Pippin's granny, she sang a song called "Time to start livin." She just "sold" the song because that's how she lived her life.....Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Salt

“My heart is saddened to learn of dear Betty's passing.Betty & I met at Mabel Tainter. We had many wonderful moments together on and off stage in...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Burdick

“Betty was such a wonderful person. Her talents graced the Menomonie Theater Guild stages for so many years. We have been lucky to know her. The...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Lutz

“Betty was like a second mom to me. I cherish our love and friendship and will miss her terribly. She has been through a lot and is now at peace...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Laurie Mersch

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10 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Burdick


Betty Arlene Vriesacker, age 81, of Menomonie, WI died peacefully surrounded by family, on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 after a brief illness.

Everyone who knew Betty knew the love story of Betty and Al who preceded her in death in 2006. He was her Prince Charming and told everyone about how delighted he was to always walk into any room with the most beautiful woman there. It was somehow fitting that she passed away on Valentine's Day to join Al for eternity.

Betty was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stout. She will be remembered by many in Menomonie from her multiple roles in theater productions at the Mabel Tainter Theater. She was in over thirty productions and loved the theater and music. She was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and had a closet full of red hats to compliment her membership in the Red Hat Society.

She was born December 18, 1927 in Wetumka, Oklahoma, to Wayne and Mabel Baker and was the second of three daughters. Although she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Morgan, she is survived by her younger sister Deanna (Ron) Funk of St. Cloud, MN.

She is survived by her three children: Phil (Kim) Fortney of Linolakes, MN; Marcia (George) Attmore of Raleigh, NC; and Robert (Mark) Fortney of Chicago, IL. Betty is also survived by her stepchildren: Jon Vriesacker of St. Paul, MN; James (Jane) Vriesacker of Reedsburg, WI; Janin (George) Cameron of Naches, WA; Jo Morton of Sumter, SC. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Leslie Blair, of Kingston, PA and six other wonderful step-grandchildren throughout the U.S. and has been blessed by many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Menomonie with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI. Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.