Betty Ann Simonson, 87, of Black River Falls, formerly of Taylor, died Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse after a brief illness.

Betty was born April 7, 1937, at home in Trump Coulee, rural Blair, to Goodwin and Agnes (Strand) Nelson. She was baptized and confirmed at Trempealeau Valley Church.

     She graduated from Taylor High School in 1955 and lived in Milwaukee for a year, working as a nanny.

     Betty married Leonard W. Simonson Sept. 8, 1956, in Trempealeau Valley Lutheran Church in rural Taylor. Leonard and Betty operated a dairy farm in Springfield until their retirement. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling by train throughout the United States. She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, baking and making lefse, and was especially known for her homemade donuts.

     In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; brothers Gordon and Wayne Nelson; and sister Joyce Joten.

     Betty is survived by her two daughters, Dawn (Jim) Olson and Wanda (David) Hutchings; six grandchildren, Travis (Katherine) Dolesy, Justin (Erin) Dolesy, Jesse (Jessica) Lien, Joel Johnson Jr., Cole (Marie) Johnson and Brittany (John) Dissmore; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Tre, Kaitlin, Rogan, Blake, Preston, Lexi, Macey, Cooper, Cashton, Gavin, Sawyer and Lilli; brother Roger (Lola) Nelson; in-laws Phila Nelson, Dorothy Nelson and Johnny Joten.

     The funeral service for Betty was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Taylor Lutheran Church. A visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home Friday, June 28, 2024. Visitation continued at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed the service in Woodlawn Cemetery in Taylor.

     Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home in Hixton assisted the family with arrangements.

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