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Betty Jane Milbrett, 89, of Glencoe

Betty Milbrett, 89, of Glencoe, formerly of Lester Prairie, died Friday, March 13, 2015, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17, at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Katherine Rood officiating. Twyla Kirkeby was the organist. Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Jesus Loves Me” and “In the Garden.”
Honorary casket bearers were Lonnie Jackels, Cletus Tauber, Chris Milbrett and Shayne Milbrett.
Casket bearers were Gary Jackels, Adam Telecky, Lance Jackels, Geoffrey Lukes, Shawn Lukes and Joshua Berg. Interment was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Fort Ripley.
Betty Jane Milbrett was born Aug. 23, 1925, in Hector, the daughter of David and Loretta (Zimmerman) Martin. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake. She was educated in Buffalo Lake.
From the moment she met her future husband, Melvin Milbrett, her life revolved around him. They were married Nov. 5, 1943. Their union was blessed with seven children, LaRita, Melvin Jr., Lance, Lila, Shirley, Wendy and Marianne. The couple moved around a lot during their marriage, living in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Kansas, California, Washington and numerous places in Minnesota. She worked on the farm, at a shoe factory and many restaurants. While waitressing in Aberdeen, Wash., at a large hotel, she met many movie stars who were filming the David Janson series and “Ring of Fire.” The couple owned a few businesses, the latest a restaurant in Lester Prairie from 1968 until their retirement, when they moved to Meire Grove, Minn. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Milbrett moved back to Glencoe, until she fell and broke her hip, which brought her to St. Mary’s Care Center.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Olivia VFW Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society.
Mrs. Milbrett enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crocheting, reading her True Story magazine, and find-a-word puzzles.
She is survived by her children, LaRita (Joseph) Jackels of Greenwald, Minn., Melvin Milbrett of Greenwald, Lila (Mark) Kapping of Buffalo Lake, Shirley (LeRoy) Jackels of Lester Prairie, Wendy (Larry) Telecky of Hutchinson and Marianna (Joseph) Lukes of Eagle Grove, Iowa; grandchildren, Rose Marie Lingl (Rick), Lonnie Jackels, Gary Jackels, Mindy Kollman (Greg), Rhonda Lahr, Ronnie Lampbrecht, Chris Milbrett (Mari), Cally Milbrett, Shayne Milbrett, Nicole Milbrett, Jessica Milbrett, Amanda Milbrett, Theresa Berg (Ted), JoAnne Schmoll (Peter), Katherine Tauber, Cletus Tauber, Lance Jackels, Kandice Jackels (Terry Peterson), Thomas Telecky (Carissa), Adam Telecky (Betsy), Crystal Jessen (Jered), Geoffrey Lukes (Beth) and Shawn Lukes (Debbie); 33 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Glenn (Katherine) Martin of Canton, Ohio, Joyce Morelli of Canton, Ohio, and Roger (Soledad) Martin of Chula Vista, Calif.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnie Milbrett and his special friend, Jan, of Hutchinson, and Ruby Milbrett of Buffalo Lake; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Loretta Martin; spouse, Melvin Milbrett; son, Lance Milbrett; son-in-law, Leo Tauber; daughter-in-law, Carol Milbrett; grandchild, Michael Jackels; and great-great-grandchild, Mason Gosewich.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.