Betty Gene (Froning) Sjostrand, 96, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the Rockwell Community Nursing Home surrounded by family. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Ave. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Major Erickson Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Hillside Cemetery in Sheffield. Memorials may be directed to MercyOne North Iowa Hospice.
Betty was born to Clarence and Velma (Campbell) Froning on October 15, 1926, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She came to Sheffield, Iowa with her parents at age 2 years and spent most of her life in the surrounding area. She attended country school east of Sheffield through 8th grade then Chapin Consolidated High School, graduating in 1944.
On April 1, 1945, she married Robert Sjostrand in Evangelical Church Parsonage in Sheffield. They lived on Sjostrand farm east of Sheffield. Four children were born into this union: Phyllis Lorraine, Wayne Robert, Karen Kay, and David William.
Besides being a farm wife and mother, she was a cook at Sheffield Chapin School for over 30 years, retiring in 1997, but continued to sub for several years after.
In 1978, Robert and Betty built a new house in Sheffield and lived there for 20 years. In 1999, they moved to Park Lane, Mason City, Iowa.
Betty is survived by her son, David (Myra) Sjostrand; grandchildren, Michael (Jill) Nolte, Mark (Leslie) Nolte, Melissa (Christine) Sjostrand, Blane (Jenna) Sjostrand, Selena (Derek) Sjostrand, Emma (Dalton) Sjostrand, Alexis (James) Beyer, Terrance Beavers, Alex (Heather) Huegli and Sean Huegli, and 14 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Robert; son, Wayne in 1952; and two daughters, Phyllis Nolte in 2011 and Karen Squier in 2011.