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Betty’s Swedish Liberty Dream

Betty Stange’s Scandinavian roots run deep. A proud descendant of both Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, Betty, who lives at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills, MN, had the joy of connecting with her Viking heritage. This was possible thanks to her family and the Johanna Shores staff who organized a Liberty Dream: a visit to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN. 

Watch how Betty’s Swedish Liberty Dream came true:


Meet Betty
Born in south Minneapolis, Betty Lois Berg’s Swedish grandfather added her name to the Cradle Roll of the Minneapolis Swedish Baptist Church. Betty’s childhood was, out of necessity, very short. When she was seven years old, her mother died and Betty assumed the role of ‘mother’ to her younger brother and later, her half-brother.  

Betty left high school early to get a job. By applying her mathematic and financial skills, she rose to become the manager of a credit union, a job at which she excelled for over 20 years.

While in her first job, Betty was introduced to a co-worker’s cousin, Harold Stange. Betty and Harold exchanged letters during WWII. After the war was over, they married on May 22, 1948. While the two lived with Harold’s grandmother in northeast Minneapolis, their first child was born. Soon after, they bought a house in southeast Minneapolis where their second child was born. In 1954 they moved to St. Anthony Village and welcomed a third child. Over the years, Betty can count at least 11 places she has called home and she excelled at making each one a welcoming home for family and friends. Sadly, Harold passed away in April 1985.

Today, Betty enjoys her three children, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Betty has always been ready with support and generosity for the people in her life. She has found joy in her family and friends, travel, reading, music and dancing, and has spent much of her life surrounded by dogs. 

Although her lifelong dream of travelling to Scandinavia never came true, her visit to the American Swedish Institute did!   

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