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Obituary for Betty Jane Serres

Betty Jane Serres, 91, of Brownsville, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at her home. She was born December 27, 1927, in Preston, Minn., to William and Edna (Roth) Heiller. On June 16, 1950, she married Joseph L. Serres. Together they operated the Sandbar Marina for several years. Betty also was employed at Ft. McCoy, Trane Company, and Franciscan Skemp Hospital in the Central Service Dept. Betty was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Church in Brownsville. Survivors include seven children, Connie (Dean) Myhre, Kevin (Erika Douglas), Timothy "Arn" (Mary), Kerry (Ken) Schaller, Steven (Kristine), Kelly (Wayne) Petersen, and Catherine Serres; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Mitchell; and two sisters-in-law, Delores Serres and Rose Serres. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years; her parents; two sisters, Gladys Powell and Marion Willingham; and five brothers, Rona, Erwin, Fred "Fritz", Donnie, and Fayne. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2019, at Zion Evangelical Church, Brownsville. Burial will follow in the Brownsville Veteran’s Cemetery. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday, both at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at The family would like to thank the Mayo Hospice team for their support and visits. Betty will be remembered for her quick wit and sassy remarks right up to the end.