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Mary E. “Bette” Barrett


Tue, Jun 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary E. “Bette” Barrett, age 85, of Harmony, MN died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 5, at 11:00 am at the Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony with Fr. James VonTobel S.J. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Ligouri Cemetery, rural Preston, MN. Friends may call from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony.



Bette was born May 4, 1928 on the family farm in Carimona Township, Fillmore County, the daughter of J. Clifford and Mary (O’Connor) Gossman. She graduated from Preston High School in 1946. She worked in Patient Registration at Methodist Hospital in Rochester where she met her future husband Everett “Don” Barrett. They were married on November 20, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana They first lived in South Bend, Indiana and then in rural Preston for a short time. In the early 1950s they moved to Harmony where they spent the rest of their lives. In February 2013, Betty moved to Traditions Assisted Living in Preston, MN.



Bette was a long time member of Nativity Catholic Church, volunteer EMT, enjoyed watching football on tv, going to “The Boat”, playing Gin Rummy and going dancing with Don. Her family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Bette is survived by ten children: Bill Barrett, Jim Barrett, Pat (Vinson) Mathison, Trudy Barrett (daughter-in-law), Rosie (Larry) Scrabeck, Peggy Barrett, Kathy (John) Heibel, Jackie (Kip) Johnson, Don (Julie) Barrett, Dave Barrett (Vicky Broughton) and Sandy (Steve) Ristau; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four siblings: Alice Pott, Bob Gossman, Franny Thene and Vince (Joyce) Gossman; two sister-in-laws: Eleanor Gossman and Marty Gossman; a brother-in-law: Bill Verdick; her husband’s sisters: Shirley Crosby, Rosemary Hesser, Nadine Huston. Bette is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Everett Donald Barrett; a son, John E. Barrett Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Marlys Barrett; three brothers and 4 sisters.
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Police Reports

Robert Blake Hughes, 24, of Harmony, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court on May 21, for one count of Escape from Custody – Held Pursuant to Lawful Arrest While on Charge or Conviction or Adjudication, which carries a maximum sentence of five ..... 
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Anita Emma Runge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Anita Emma Runge left this world to be with her brothers and sisters in heaven on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Harmony Healthcare, Harmony, Minn. where she had been a resident for many years. Anita was born on September 15, 1919 to Carl and Louis ..... 
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A happy hour poetry and prose reading

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On Friday, May 31 from 3:30-5pm at Quarter/Quarter in Harmony, Minn., poets Kris Bigalk and Kathryn Kysar, and prose writers, Beth Mayer and Amy Weldon will share some of their recent work. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available f ..... 
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Anita Emma Runge

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Anita Emma Runge left this world to be with her brothers and sisters in heaven on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Harmony Healthcare, where she had been a resident for many years. Her funeral will be Friday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul's (Big Spring ..... 
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Board of Review at Harmony City Council meeting

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

The annual Board of Review was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on May 14. Cindy Blagsvedt from the County Assessor’s office summarized the sales study that was conducted on residential, commercial and agricultural sales in Fil ..... 
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2013 Harmony City Wide Flag Display

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony City Wide Flag Display is back for a 3rd year. We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this a huge success! We reached our goal last year of over 100 flags and hope to do the same or even more this year. The first year we ..... 
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National Day of Prayer

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

On Thursday, May 2nd, millions of Americans will be gathering at churches, synagogues, schools, parks and other venues to intercede on behalf of our Nation. It will be the 62nd Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of P ..... 
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Jazz concert Friday night in Harmony

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Friday night, May 3rd, well known Jazz Vocalists Bruce A. Henry and Debbie Duncan along with the Bruce A. Henry Sextet will perform a public concert at Wheelers Bar and Grill in Harmony, MN. at 7:00 pm. Price: $10:00 at the door. These Twin City ..... 
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