Betty Slifka, 86
Fri, 05/08/2020 - 4:58pm admin
Feb. 12, 1934 —
May 7, 2020
CRESCO - Betty J. Slifka, age 86, of Cresco, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Evans Memorial Home after a battle with cancer.
Because of Covid-19 limitations on gatherings, a rotating visitation of 10 people will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 9, 2020, with Pastor Jim Scaife. Burial will be in New Oregon Cemetery, rural Cresco.
Betty JoAnne (Opdahl) Slifka was born the daughter of Peter L. and Maude (Martin) Opdahl on Feb. 12, 1934 in Iowa City. She was raised and attended school in Davenport, where she caught the eye of William K. (Bill) Slifka. They were married on Dec. 29, 1952 and raised three children. The couple were true entrepreneurs throughout their marriage, owning several businesses. Slifka Sales in Albert Lea, Minn. and Truckers Inn in Sauk Centre, Minn. were just some of their ventures. While Bill was the risk-taker, Betty was the detail and follow-through owner.
After retiring in 1984, they returned to their Iowa roots and built a home in Ridgeway, Iowa. It was there that Betty took up the art of quilting, winning many awards and friends along the way. Throughout the years, she was a member of the Ridgeway City Council, Peace Lutheran Church, Piecemakers Quilt Club in Cresco, Clip & Stitch Quilt Guild in New Hampton and Turkey River Pheasants Forever. Along with quilting, she enjoyed playing cards, genealogy and shopping. It was her family she was most proud of, and she will be missed by all.
Betty is survived by her children, Pamela (Ken Cossette) Slifka and Patrick (Spiff) Slifka; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Hurley, David Slifka, Stephanie (Jason) Farley, Zachary Slifka and Jonna (Carson) Hruby; five great-grandchildren, Haidyn Farley, Carson Farley, Caleb Farley, Leila Hruby and Leo Hruby; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, William (Jan. 9, 1981); husband, Bill (April 29, 1998); and son, Michael (March 23, 2013).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Howard County Hospice or HoCA. Friends may share a memory at hindtfuneralhomes.com/ obituary/Betty-Slifka.