Elizabeth ”Betty” Indihar of Lilydale, MN died on Thursday, 13 May 2021. She was born on St. Patrick’s Day to her beloved parents, Frank J. and Rose P. Indihar, and was raised in Gilbert, MN. Elizabeth was predeceased by her brother, Frank J. Indihar, MD; sister, Lois (Lyle) Shuey; and nephew Kent Shuey. She is survived by her niece, Karen (Michael) Koronkowski, Aurora, IL; nephew, Kevin Shuey, Elk Grove Village, IL; niece, Kristi Shuey, Austin, TX; grandnieces, Kasey Koronkowski, Chicago, IL, Kelly (Jack) Moore, Chicago, IL; and sister-in-law, Anita Pampusch, Lilydale, MN. Betty was a music prodigy, consummate pianist/organist, expert educator, and an improvisation virtuoso. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music from Northwestern University. Elizabeth was an inspiring trailblazer. She joined Ginn and Company publishing firm as music consultant/editor, presenting workshops to colleges, teachers, and schools throughout the United States. Betty wrote many publications for Ginn and Co., and her “Aloha State” was distributed nationwide when Hawaii became a state. Elizabeth eventually joined the St. Paul public schools as a music specialist and completed her teaching career at St. Helena’s Catholic School in Minneapolis. Betty also played the organ at St. Olaf Catholic Church downtown Minneapolis for more than twenty years. Elizabeth was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, served on the Schubert Club board and chaired several committees of the St. Paul Chapter of the American Association of University Women. Betty continued to write, perform and record music until her final days. In 2019, she released a remarkable holiday CD with Gershwin harmonizations, modernizing the classics with tone cluster improvisations. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota, MN on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 11am with visitation preceding at 10:30am. Due to Covid restrictions, capacity will be limited. Private interment in the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Mendota Heights, MN. Memorials may be directed to: Laureate Society of the MN Orchestra, Schubert Club or St. Paul Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
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