Betty Kasdorf passed away on December 11, 2013 at HSC after a short but difficult struggle with P ANCA Vasculitis and the result of its’ treatment. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Susana Kasdorf and one brother. She is survived by 8 sisters and 6 brothers and their families.
After high school at MB Collegiate Institute, Winnipeg, and 2 years at Winkler (Man.) Bible Institute, Betts spent a year in The Hague, the Netherlands, with an inter-Mennonite trainee program. She worked at Youth for Christ, Winnipeg, then at Winnipeg Bible College (now Providence University College). She studied home economics at University of Manitoba and earned an education degree in London, Ont. Betts taught adult education near Cambridge Bay, N.W.T., then taught high-school home economics in Beauval, Sask. She made lifelong friends as a teacher at Morden (Man.) Collegiate. Feeling a call to serve those in poverty, she worked for MCC in Bangladesh for 7 years. During her 5 years in Laos, she removed many undetonated cluster munitions and grenades from the Vietnam war. When her mother’s health began to fail, Betts returned to work for MCC’s Winnipeg office and care for her mother until her death in 2003. Betts worked with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and disaster relief. She enjoyed being in crowds. Betts was known for her hospitality.
The funeral will be held on December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, 1771 Pembina Highway. Visitation will take place on December 16 between 7 and 8 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street.