Bessie Standard Framstad, known to all as "Betsy", departed this life on March 26, 2013, to be with her heavenly Father.
Betsy was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Reverend Waldemar Framstad, fondly known by friends and family as "Fram". They were married on August 17, 1947. in Williston, N.D. Reverend Framstad's ministry took Betsy and Fram to Tacoma and Burien, Wash.; Bagley and Minneapolis, Minn.; L'Anse, Mich.; Marinette, Merrill, and Pepin, Wis. Upon Fram's formal retirement, the couple returned to Marinette where both continued serving the Lord through visitation ministry and giving of their time toward volunteer services. Betsy, daughter of Lester and Gurine Standard of Silverton, Ore. was born on March 11, 1923. She was raised in Silverton and graduated from Silverton High School in 1941. Betsy went on to attend Modern Beauty School in Salem, Oregon, Augsburg College and Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. Betsy worked in hospitals, at I.D.S. Insurance and the Law Office of Dorothy Topel. She was a volunteer in several organizations: Hospice, Women's Shelter, Lutheran Social Services, Rainbow House, Respite Care and assisted in nursing homes. Betsy exuded a warm manner, a gentle and loving approach toward people. She was often called to lead church groups, various club activities and serve as a guest speaker. Betsy started the prayer shawl ministry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She had many unique hobbies: oil painting, Norwegian Rosemaling painting, knitting, and Hardanger embroidery. She loved bird watching and enjoyed canning, biking, cross country skiing, and she was a voracious reader. Betsy was proud of her accident free driving record and was driving her own car until this past fall.
  Betsy is survived by her daughters: Lynne (Cleveland) Payne, Lois Morris, Mary (George) Atkinson and Gracia (Steve) Plehn; her son, James (Carlynn) Framstad; eight grandchildren: Patrick Joseph and Lindsay Thorstenson, Jonathan, Jeremy (Jenny) and Ben Framstad, and Caleb, Tiffani and Gregory Plehn; and four great-grandchildren: Grady and Rowan (Jonathan) Framstad and Cooper and Gretta (Jeremy) Framstad.
  The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. with the memorial service to begin at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at EMMANUAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Menominee, Mich.  The Reverend Douglas Schoen will officiate.
  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Marinette (contact: Joette 715-735-6656) or Lutheran World Relief (
  HANSEN-ONION-MARTELL FUNERAL HOME, Marinette, is assisting the family.