Betty Lou LeNoue


Betty LeNoue was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, caregiver, friend, and lifelong resident of Breckenridge, MN. She left this world on May 4, 2022, surrounded by family after a hard-fought battle with Lewey Body Dementia. At the time of her passing, she was residing at Bethany in Fargo. Mom’s celebration of life will begin with a visitation on Monday, May 16th from 4-7pm with a time for sharing memories at 7pm at Vertin’s Funeral Home in Breckenridge, MN. Her Going Away Party will be held on Tuesday, May 17th with visitation from 10-11am, followed by a service at 11am, at Breckenridge Lutheran Church. Livestreaming of the service can be found at This is a celebration and we ask everyone to dress in bright and happy colors. You know, she will be watching.

According to Betty, she was born to Fred and Inga (Bjerkebek) Andel in Breckenridge, MN on February 6, 1931. However, when looking at her birth certificate, we noted her date of birth was listed as February 5th. When asked about this, Betty was quick to tell us that “the birth certificate was wrong.”

Mom had a simple and modest life growing up on the family farm which instilled the hardworking ethic she carried throughout her lifetime. Understanding the importance of family, faith, friendships, helping others, and showing affection are some of the values our parents instilled in all of us.

On November 24, 1952, Betty married Lloyd LeNoue in Kent, MN and they began their 39 years of marriage. They worked as a team throughout their marriage and together raised five children. Sundays were regularly filled with playing cards, visiting with friends, taking country drives, and the occasional treat at the A&W. Most times you could find Mom bowling, helping out at church, cooking suppers, dancing, attending sporting events, or enjoying sitting on her front porch watching the people go by.

Our house became a second home to many others as Mom provided daycare for almost thirty years. Mom and Dad opened their door to many, welcoming family for extended periods, student teachers, and there always seemed to be a stray animal with us while Mom searched for their new home. Homecooked meals, routine schedules, and chocolate chip cookies were staples that could always be found.

Mom will be missed by her children, Cindi (Dick) Knipfer, Gilbert, MN; Barry (Sue) LeNoue, Breckenridge, MN; Connie (Dan) Klug, West Fargo, ND; Echo (Steve) Santos, Weyerhaeuser, WI; Heidi Arnhalt, Breckenridge, MN. Grandchildren Christopher (Jodee) Knipfer, Scott (Hannah Warren), Zeb LeNoue (Janey Bulson), Morgan LeNoue (Connor Yaggie), Kenzie LeNoue (Cole Gilles), Jace LeNoue, Allie (Mark) Dunham, Andrea Klug (Garrett Hendrickson), Brendan Klug, Tyler Santos, Ryan Santos, Nathan Santos (Natalie Koehler), Michelle Arnhalt (Carson Yaggie), Lucas Arnhalt, Kaitlin Arnhalt, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, infant daughter Brenda Marie, sister LuVerne Frigen, brother Merrill Andel, and parents Fred and Inga Andel.

A private family burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Breckenridge. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests memorials be made to Riverside Cemetery, PO Box 344, Breckenridge, MN 56520. Prior to her decline, Mom became involved in helping maintain and improve the cemetery and we want her new hangout to be looking it’s best at all times.

Honorary Pall Bearers are her grandchildren. We are at peace knowing she is reunited with Dad, Bernie, and our Lord.

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