The funeral Mass for Betty Lou Milkanin will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Rev. Joseph B. Fogal officiating. Friends may visit 1 hour prior to the Mass on Friday. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Milkanin, 82, of Rochester, died Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park in Red Wing, living there 1 month.
Betty Lou Ackerman Milkanin was born April 26, 1930, in Dodge Center, Minn. At an early age, her family moved to Rochester. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1948 and later from the Minneapolis Business School. Her working years were primarily office work including many years at Olmsted Hospital as admissions clerk, retiring in 1996. In 1998, she worked the reception/switchboard at Assisi Heights for the Sisters of St Francis, retiring again in August 2011.
On July 17, 1954, she married Joseph B. Milkanin in San Francisco. Mr. Milkanin died in 1990.
She enjoyed traveling in her retirement with favorites being England, Italy, Australia, and Russia.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph (Kathryn) Milkanin of Riverton, Utah, and Mark (Traci) Milkanin of Red Wing; six grandchildren: Megan, Matthew (Kylie), and Michael of Utah; James (Erin), Jacob (Kim), and Jodi (Mitch) of Minnesota; and one great-grandchild, Riley, also of Minnesota.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Alta and Walter Ackerman, and her husband, Joseph.
The family extends their appreciation for the care and compassion shown by Nancy and all the staff of St. Croix Hospice.
Memorials are suggested to St. Croix Hospice.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
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