Elizabeth "Betty" Irene Schmiechel , 96, Minot, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Heart of America Care Center, Rugby.
Betty was born Jan. 29, 1917, on the family farm near Simcoe, the daughter of Frederick and Laura "Lottie" (Skarison) Neuhalfen. She was raised and educated near Simcoe in McHenry County. She was employed as a housekeeper in Minot at the age of 14.
Betty was united in marriage to Harvey Schmeichel on April 2, 1937. They made their home in Sawyer before moving to Minot in 1942. Harvey and Betty were married 70 years prior to Harvey's death in 2007. Along with raising their four children, Betty was employed in Minot at various retail stores until she retired from Toivo's Jewelers in 1979.
As a member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1937, Betty actively served on the Altar Guild, in church circle groups and as the wedding coordinator. Also, Betty was very active in various community organizations including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Senior Citizens, and Ladies Trainman Lodge, as well as being a charter member of the Norsk Hostfest Association. Betty enjoyed doing embroidery, craftwork, reading, crocheting, and playing cards. Two nights a week she and Harvey could be found playing bingo or dancing at the Moose Lodge.
Betty is survived by: her daughters, Leona (Marshall) Stearns, Dayton, Ohio, Marlene (Leo) Wolf, Towner, Sharon Engwis, Auburn, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eleanor Neuhalfen, Minot; daughter-in-law, Charlene Schmeichel, Renton, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey; son, Willis; son-in-law, Kenneth Engwis; and her five brothers.
Funeral service: Monday, April 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, April 14, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Rugby Heart of America Care Center or Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).