Betty Ann Vettel


Betty Ann Vettel, 85, Fargo, N.D., formerly of Cummings and Hillsboro, N.D., died Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Edgewood Vista due to complications of dementia.

Elizabeth Ann Germaine was born March 9, 1937 in Gladstone, Michigan to Aloysius Elliot and Lucille (English) Germaine. She was raised in Escanaba, Michigan (her father’s hometown) until 1944 and then in Steele, N.D. (her mother’s hometown) before the family settled on South Terrace in Fargo in 1949. She attended St. Mary’s Cathedral School and graduated from Shanley High School in 1955. She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Breckenridge, Minn. in 1958. She worked in the newborn nursery at St. Ansgar’s Hospital, Moorhead, Minn. for three years.

She married George F. Vettel of Cummings, N.D. October 7, 1961 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fargo. She and George raised seven children on the Vettel family farm at Cummings. She was a whole-hearted supporter of her children’s activities. She was also active in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro as a member of the Altar Society and a CCD teacher. She was a member of Riverside Homemakers Club for more than 50 years. After her children were raised, she worked as an activity assistant at the Hillsboro Community Nursing Home.

Her husband died Nov. 11, 2008. She continued to live on the farm until May 2016 when she moved to Comstock Corner Assisted Living in Hillsboro. She later transitioned to the adjacent Sanford Long Term Care Center in March 2019. She moved to Edgewood in February 2022. She was also under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley at the time of her death.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her seven children, George H. Vettel, Fargo; Michelle (Mark) McLean, Cummings; Steven (Jane) Vettel, Charleston, S.C.; Colleen Vettel, Fargo; James (Jen) Vettel, Mound, Minn.; Joel (Sandy) Vettel, Fargo; and Sherri (Angie Stubstad) Vettel, Wahpeton, N.D.; nine grandchildren, Maggie (Kyle) Mallory, Grand Forks, ND; Jake (Alexis Brandt) McLean, Great Falls, Mont.; Alex (Anna) McLean, Edgeley, N.D.; Adam Vettel, Minneapolis, Minn.; Eric Vettel, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Luke Vettel, Greenville, S.C.; Jack Vettel, Mound, Minn.; Kennedy Vettel and Taryn Vettel, both of Fargo; four great-grandchildren, Clara and Eva Mallory, and Bronson and Julia McLean; two sisters, Yvonne Larson, Texas and Janice Dexter, Arizona; three brothers, Barton (Janis) Germaine, San Clemente, Calif.; Steve (Judy) Germaine, Moorhead, Minn. and Robert (Karla) Germaine, Minneapolis; two brothers-in-law, Tom Vettel, Cummings, ND and Jerry Vettel, Pine Island, Minn.; sisters-in-law, LaVonne Kozojed, Hillsboro, ND; Janice Berry, Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Dorothy Vettel, California; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Hillsboro with a prayer service at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose. Burial will follow in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Fargo Catholic Schools Network and Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro, ND. Online guestbook at

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