Betty Ann (Boe) Haffner

Betty Ann (Boe) Haffner, age 86, of Irene, South Dakota, passed away on March 18, 2020 at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.

Due to the current health crisis, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton, South Dakota. Cards can be sent c/o Deb Brue 3008 W 23rd St Yankton, SD 57078. Memorials can be made to Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House or Irene United Methodist Church.

Betty Ann Haffner was born in 1933 to Harry and Hazel Boe at home on the farm in Yankton County. She graduated from Irene High School in 1951. She married Lyle Haffner in 1952 and moved to another farm in the Walshtown Township in Yankton County. Besides farming with her husband, Betty worked in Yankton first on the night shift at the Human Services Center, then in the office at Wells Blue Bunny. Most will remember her from her many years doing accounting and taxes with DesJarlais, Munson, & Schaap. After retirement she also filled in at times for her cousin, Cyndy Hunhoff, at Lisa’s Fashions and Holiday Party and Paper.

Her favorite past time was playing the piano. She gave piano lessons when her children were young. She was an active member of the Irene United Methodist Church.  She participated and assisted with local 4-H and Farm Bureau.

She is survived by her husband, Lyle of Yankton, South Dakota; four children: J. Scott (Deb) Haffner of South Windsor, Connecticut; Jim (Toni) Haffner of Bemidji, Minnesota; Debbie (Duane) Brue of Yankton; and Renae (Loyd) Church of Council Bluffs, Iowa; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren, one brother, Bob Boe of Yankton and sister-in-law, Jane (Don) Boe of Union City, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Hazel Boe; brother, Don Boe; sister, Doris Christensen and brother-in-law Erwin Christensen; and sister-in-law, Ardis Boe.

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6 response to "Betty Ann (Boe) Haffner"

  1. By: Carla Clifford Posted: March 20, 2020

    My condolences & love to the Haffner/Boe family. Carla Christensen Stanberry Clifford

  2. By: Joyce Christensen Posted: March 22, 2020

    Love you Aunt Betty.

  3. By: Robin Swensen Posted: March 23, 2020

    Renae and family,

    Blessings to you. There is nothing like your mother. I remember your Mom I believe from 4-H. You really resemble her and her good qualities. It’s very hard at first, then it gets easier, but I feel for you in this current time right now. Heaven has gained a fine lady as an angel. Take good care of yourself. You should knit a memorial to her.

    Robin Swensen & family

  4. By: John P. Blackburn Posted: March 25, 2020

    My condolences to you, Lyle, and to your family. I had contact and transactions with Betty. She was a fine, very competent person. I wish all of you the best. John P. Blackburn

  5. By: Mary Gunderson Posted: March 26, 2020

    Dear Debbie and family, my sympathy at the loss of your mom. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She had a warm, kind spirit. She was so encouraging of others. Take good care of yourself and each other.

  6. By: Lisa Jensen Posted: April 23, 2020

    My sincere sympathies to the family of Betty. I first met Betty at the Wakonda Nursing Home. We quickly became friends. She was quite a firecracker and we had many good talks. Loved her smile.
    Lisa Jensen

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