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Betty Ann Pettersen,
  • August 03, 1940
  • -
  • January 05, 2021

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Betty Ann Pettersen, age 80, of The Villages, Florida, passed away in her home on January 5, 2021.  She was born in Queens, New York to Gudrun Andersen and Rasmus Pettersen, both Norwegian immigrants.  She grew up in the Cambria Heights neighborhood of Queens and attended New York City public schools before attending the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland where she graduated in June 1963 with a Bachelor Degree in Education.

She pursued a physical education teaching career and taught in Corinth, New York for three years before moving to Norway where she taught for 15 years.  Returning to the United States in 1982 she held positions in both the private and government sectors before retiring as a medical biller at the Veterans Administration in July 2006.

While she was a proud American, she was also very proud of her Norwegian heritage.  She shared her mother’s Norwegian recipes and taught family members how to make Norwegian Christmas cookies.  While living in Norway she became an avid cross country skier, coached a number of women’s sports teams and fully embraced the Norwegian lifestyle.  She very much enjoyed living in The Villages and made many good friends since moving there in October 2012.  She was active with bowling, golfing, and a member of a number of clubs in The Villages.  She enjoyed watching NFL football and crocheting afghans, which she gave as gifts to relatives and her many friends.  Her sense of humor, beautiful smile, willingness to pitch in and her loving friendship will be truly missed by all who she touched.


She is survived by her brother, Ralph Pettersen (Dee Dee), niece Brittany Burroughs and many loving cousins both here in the United States and in Norway.


A Celebration of Life and memorial service are planned at Baldwin Brothers in Spanish Springs on January 26th from 10am to 12 noon with internment at the Union Cemetery of Hellertown in Hellertown, Pennsylvania in the spring of 2021.  She loved animals and the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the either Kathy’s Kittykab Rescue & Transport, Inc. of Leesburg, Florida or the YOUR Humane Society SPCA of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida.


Kathy’s Kittykab Rescue & Transport, Inc.

PO Box 895152

Leesburg, FL 34789-5152

501(c)3 non-profit


YOUR Humane Society SPCA

994 CR 529A

Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538

501(c)3 non-profit

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  1. Scott Matteson lit a candle:
    13 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 13, 2021 at 1:37:38 PM

  2. Scott Matteson says:
    13 Jan 2021
    I always loved Betty's congenial nature and warm sense of humor. I still have that family video we made for Ma and always laugh at Betty's portrayal of the fire Marshall and how every time Pa burned down the woods "We can't find him... I think the whole family is strange."

  3. Denise says:
    12 Jan 2021
    Betty loved her animals so much. She would talk Norwegian to them. I know they understood her. I'll miss her but I know she wouldn't have wanted to linger. She was a very good friend.

  4. Joan J Darcy lit a candle:
    12 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 12, 2021 at 1:56:48 PM

  5. Joan J Darcy says:
    12 Jan 2021
    Betty was a very good and close friend. I knew Betty for more than 30 years and we had a lot of good memories. I will miss her tremendously, Bye Betty. Joan

  6. Thalina og Morten Kofoed Skramstad lit a candle:
    12 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 12, 2021 at 1:50:30 AM

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