Betsy Ann (Boettcher) Sawyer
WINONA - Betsy Ann (Boettcher) Sawyer, 90, died on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living with her daughters at her side.
She was born to Theodore and Elizabeth (Roebuck) Boettcher on January 11, 1931, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Minnesota in 1941. Several years later, while attending the University of Minnesota, she met S.A. "Jim" Sawyer from Winona. They married in 1950 and moved to Winona when Jim finished law school.
Betsy was involved in many arts, learning and community service groups during her 68 years in Winona, including First Congregational Church, P.E.O. Chapter CS, Portia Club, and Women's Art Class. She was an avid bridge player and supporter of the Winona Historical Society, Marine Art Museum and Great River Shakespeare Festival.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1995, and her sister Alma, who died in March. She is survived by her daughters: Susan (Charles) Evans of West Salem, WI, and Jane (David) Strub of Hugo, MN; son, James (Kieron Bery) of Soquel, CA; and grandsons: Theodore and Jamison (Nika). She is further survived by bonus grandchildren: Todd Evans and Shalli (Jason) Henson; and great-grandchildren: TJ and Haley Henson, and Evan and Mason Smith.
Special gratitude to the staff at Sugar Loaf Senior Living for their extraordinary care as Parkinson's Disease took its toll on her body, the pandemic further limited her world, and her spirit finally slipped away.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021, at First Congregational Church, Winona. The live stream will be on the church's facebook page: First Congregational Church of Winona, UCC. Visitation and reception to follow the service. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, MN.
Memorials may be given to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, First Congregational Church, Winona Hospice, or donor's choice.
Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, is in charge of arrangements. www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.