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October 3, 1933 – Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, June 15, 2015
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, June 15, 2015
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Betty J. Yonak

age 81, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.

Betty was born October 3, 1933 in South Haven, MN to Edwin and Lila (Mabus) Alberg. She attended elementary school in South Haven, MN and graduated from Annandale High School.

On February 23, 1952, Russell J. Yonak and Elizabeth “Betty” J. Alberg were united in marriage at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale, MN with Father Patrick Keany as celebrant. The two were blessed with four children.

Betty had a love for horticulture, she was inspired at an early age by her aunt, Lillian Alberg Lee. She was a member of the Wright County Horticulture Club for many years, Birthday Club in Rockford, MN with dear lifelong friends, Rockford Kitchen Band, and the Snowmobile Club, Rockford Ridge Riders. Betty, along with her husband, Russ, landscaped and built the rock garden for the historic Stork House in Rockford, MN. They were both honored as Grand Marshall’s for Rockford River Days.

Betty enjoyed spending time with Russ, children, and grandchildren; especially outdoors at their home. You would see them having a great time picnicking at the gazebo in the woods, exploring nature, enjoying her beautiful flower gardens and the farm animals they had, and snowmobiling the surrounding trails. All along with family, friends, and whomever would drop by, which she loved.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Lila; step-father, Mike Schaaf; brother, Charles “Chuck” Alberg; daughter-in-law, Nancy Yonak; and great-grandson, Alex.

She will be missed dearly by her husband of 63 years, Russ Yonak; children, Diane (Dick) Welzien, Dennis Yonak, Wendy (Scott) Olson, Jim (Gretchen) Yonak; grandchildren, Heather (Kelly) Tody, Angela (Paul) Hooper, Bryan (Alexis Duplessis) Yonak, Suzanne Welzien, Brianna (Mike) Elwood, Jennifer (Joe) Penney, Kristi Olson, Olyvia Yonak; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Shelby, Trey, Kai, Quinn, Liam, Sawyer, Eli, Anna; siblings, Larry (Margie) Alberg, Quentin (Mary) Alberg, Karen (LeRoy) Mustenteiger; sister-in-law, Marilyn Alberg; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with visitation one hour prior at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, with Father Antonio “Tony” Marfori as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers, Dick Welzien, LeRoy Munstenteiger, Steve Alberg, Greg Alberg, Bryan Yonak, Quentin Alberg, and Terry Kathman.

Honorary Casket Bearer, Larry Alberg

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kelleen and Steve Alberg

    May you rest in peace Betty. The challenges are gone. Russ, we’ve always been amazed with your strength and tenacity. Not many could deal with the
    challenges you’ve faced. Now we hope you can relax. Good job Russ. Your family should be proud.

  2. Jerry and Ruth Potter

    We are sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Our hearts and prayers for all the family.

  3. Jean Rowe

    Russ & family;
    I am so very sorry for your loss. There just are no words to say how much she will be missed. I’m so very sorry that I am not able to be there with you all. So very glad that I got to see her 3x in August 2014. Love and miss you all. God be with you all during this very emotional time. Love, Jean

  4. Tom Jacobs

    Sorry to hear of Betty passing. I hope that soon I can stop by Russell and we can chat. Again, so sorry to you, Russ, and the family.


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