SPRING VALLEY, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Betty Lou Niemeyer, 78, of Wykoff, died Sunday evening, April 20, 2008, at Samaritan Bethany Heights in Rochester.

She was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., the daughter of George S. and Bessie P. (Perry) Burns. She attended Preston High School and graduated in 1948. She then worked at the Mayo Clinic until her marriage to Kenneth Niemeyer July 28, 1949, in Preston. The couple made their home in rural Wykoff where they farmed. She also worked for the Chatfield Brass Band Library and the Spring Valley/Wykoff Public Schools. Her husband died Jan. 4, 2003.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church in Wykoff where she was active in their WELCA and taught Sunday School. She loved the simple pleasures of life, time with family and friends, enjoyed her flowers, gardening and cooking for her family.

She is survived by three sons, Kelvin (Linda) of Spring Valley, Bob (Betty) of Wykoff and Bill (Kathy) of Chatfield; three daughters, Cheryl (Dick) Dodds of Craig, Colo., Cindy (Neal) Hinners of Spring Valley and Barb (Chip) Hampel of Chatfield; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth (Art) Callanan of Preston.

She was preceded in death by twin daughters, two brothers and a sister.

The funeral will be Thursday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Becky L. Timm Welch officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.

There will be a visitation at the church in Wykoff today (Wednesday) from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday an hour before the service.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements.