Our dear friend, Bette Kuss, longtime resident of Cold Spring, Minnesota; wife to Duane Kuss and mother of high school grads Sam and Lillie Kuss, has been hospitalized in Minneapolis for heart and respiratory failure.
Bette is currently and has been for many years the beloved accompanist at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring. We were deeply saddened when she was first admitted to Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital in Minneapolis in December. A lung procedure was necessary before surgeons could clear her for Open Heart surgery on December 16. After nearly sixty days in the ICU, she was moved to Regency Hospital in Golden Valley for recovery. She has been a fighter through this long battle.
Many people in Central Minnesota know Bette for her many years of teaching piano and accompanying various church, community, and school concerts and music productions.
Bette’s music history includes Little Falls Middle School where she was a special education teacher from 1979-1992. She enjoyed working with many special needs students over the years. Bette played piano for many school theatre performances and other musical events.
She also shared her musical talents in the community while she was a member of First Lutheran Church.
For the past 25 years Bette has accompanied the Cold Spring Area Maennerchor.
And as mentioned earlier, many people in Cold Spring and Central Minnesota know Bette for her many years of teaching piano and accompanying various church, community, and school concerts and music productions.
While her body is recovering, hospital bills have devastated the Kuss Family finances. Bette’s friends and community are organizing various fund raising efforts to help them recover. In particular, a fund-raising Dinner is in the planning for April 30 at ROCORI High School. As well We hope to plan a musical event later in the Spring. Donations will be used to pay medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Please help financially in any way that you can to the “Benefit for Bette” fundraising effort, Accounts have been set up at all three Cold Spring banks to receive donations, there is a go fund me page, or call 320-685-7656
We miss her music, her beautiful smile, and we long for her return. Thank-you for taking time to hear about Bette.