May 29, 1926-March 19, 2014
TRACY – Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Rignell, 87, of Rochester, formerly of Tracy, will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester.
Betty A. (Carey) Rignell was born May 29, 1926, in Salem, S.D., to F. Vincent and Ethel (Larson) Carey. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Betty attended elementary school at a country school near Greenland, S.D. She moved with her family to Tracy in 1938, where she graduated from Tracy High School in 1944. On Feb. 9, 1948, she and Paul Rignell were married at the St. Mary’s parsonage in Tracy. Betty and Paul owned the hardware store, and this allowed them to travel to many destinations around the United States for conventions. Betty’s faith was very important to her and she was proud of it. Betty had the power of prayer and her prayers were always answered. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy where she was active in the CCW. Betty’s favorite hobby was shopping, and she loved “bling,” or costume jewelry. Betty loved playing cards, and over the years, she belonged to many Bridge clubs. She was proud of her Irish heritage, enjoyed knitting, and was a great cook. She was a very welcoming person who made everyone feel like family, and she loved to entertain her friends. Family was a very important part of Betty’s life and she loved celebrating holidays and spending time with them.
Betty is survived by her children Paulette (and Wayne) Wojahn of Rochester, Tom (and Cindi) Rignell of Tracy, and Tim (and Kristine) Rignell of La Crescent; nine grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Vivian Fick of Woodbury and Dave (and Margo) Carey of Anchorage, Alaska; sister-in-law Natalie Carey of Anchorage; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, brother Tom and brother-in-law John Fick.