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Elizabeth May (Wright) Bean, age 88 of Buffalo, passed away August 1, 2022.

She was born on May 14, 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota to James and Gladys (Kirkeng) Wright. Elizabeth attended Proctor High School and graduated with the class of 1952.

On October 24, 1953, she was joined in marriage to Charles Bean in Proctor, Minnesota. They lived in Duluth until 1962, and made the move to the Twin Cities area where they raised their family.

Elizabeth “Betty” was a crafty person, and always sewing, needlepoint and cross-stitching items for her friends and family. She liked to try out her luck at the casinos, cheer on the Minnesota Vikings and Gophers, and travel to places like Florida, Hawaii, and France. Played piano since a child. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and granddaughter, Kim Wassather, Son in law David Zimmel

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Terry) Letourneau, Barbara Steen, Linda Zimmel, and David (Jodi) Bean; sister, Judith Ophus; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 5 PM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Memorials in honor of Betty may be directed to the American Swedish Institute (

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2 Guestbook Entries

  1. donna meidinger

    RIP Betty. From your friends at Village Place Apts.

  2. William Van Dyke

    We are Bill and Carol Van Dyke, old neighbors…wow Betty was such a good neighbor…much to be proud off. Greetings to all of you.
    Van Dyke’s


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