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Mary Elizabeth Apitz

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Apitz (nee Erickson), born 10-14-22 in Bertha, died 12-7-11 in Tucson, Ariz.

After graduating in home economics from the University of Minnesota in 1944, Betty taught in Hancock. There she met Frederick A. Apitz. They were married on 12-27-45. Betty taught throughout the area--Alberta, Henning and Morris. She taught home economics in Morris from 1960-1971, heading up the FHA (Future Homemakers of America) for several of those years. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Morris, adding her alto voice to the choir. Her love of music also led her to participate in the local chapter of Sweet Adelines. In the early 1960s she was on the committee that worked to transform the West Central Agricultural School into the University of Minnesota - Morris.

Betty and Fritz moved to Brainerd in 1971, where she owned and operated a yarn shop. After Fritz's retirement they moved to Tucson. She lived there for 33 years. After a two year bout with cancer Betty passed along shortly after her 89th birthday.

She is survived by two sons: Steven (Katherine) of Prairie Farm, Wis. and Christopher (Ellen) of Waltham, Mass. Also granddaughters Tasmania Clayburn of Des Moines, Iowa, and Layla (Gac) Kim of Los Angeles, Calif. and grandsons Nicholas of Cambridge, Mass. and David of St. Paul, and great-grandchildren Tatum, Josephine, and Leopold. Betty is also survived (and adored) by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials to American Cancer Society.