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Betty Waage

December 19, 1927 — January 18, 2020

Duluth, formerly of Morris

Funeral services for Betty Waage, of Duluth, Minnesota, formerly of Morris, Minnesota, will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Morris with Reverend Dan Belgum officiating.  A visitation will be on Friday, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Pedersen Funeral Home and will continue for one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris.

Elizabeth Ann Jenney was born in Waubay, South Dakota.  She was the oldest child of Ralph Jenney and Ella Bruins Jenney. Her childhood was spent in South Dakota, Morris and Willmar, Minnesota.  She graduated from Morris High School in 1945 and worked at several Morris businesses before living a short while in southern California.   Upon returning to Morris, she met and married Sherman Waage; who was working for OtterTail Power Company after his service in WW2.  They were blessed with 3 sons: Roger, Douglas, and Jim, all born in Morris.  In 1960, they were transferred to Langdon, North Dakota for Sherman’s job where many close friendships were formed.  After 9 years, Sherman was transferred back to Morris where they lived until they moved to Duluth 4 years ago to be close to their son.

Betty was all about family and spent her life caring for her own family, her mother and in keeping her extended family close after her mother’s death.  After Sherman retired, they became snowbirds and spent winters in Texas.  Betty was an active member of Sons of Norway and danced in a Norwegian folk dancing group with Sherman.  She became interested in family history researching her Jenney genealogy with roots in early Plymouth Mass.

Betty died at age 92 on January 18, 2020 at the Benedictine Living Community in Duluth.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sherman; infant son Douglas; and son, Jim; as well as her sister, Bonnie Marshall; and two brothers-in-law: Shorty Toop and Kenny Olson.  She is survived by her son: Roger (Mary Beth); daughter-in-law, Dr. Jean Hollenstein; grandchildren: Liz (Bill) McNaughton, Emily, Annie, Christian and Matt Waage;  great grandkids: Addison and William; and siblings: Joyce Jenney, Marilue Toop, Judy Olson and Noel (Roxanne) Jenney.

Betty’s family would like to thank the Benedictine Living Community in Duluth for their care of Betty over the past 4 years.

Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in care of arrangements for Betty.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, January 31, 2020

6:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Starts at 10:30am (Central time)

First Lutheran Church

200 E 5th St, Morris, MN 56267

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