Betty Lou Schettler

July 2, 1935-Nov. 10, 2020

Betty Lou Johnson was

born July 2, 1935, to

Christ and Inga (Erickson)

Johnson Sr. on a farm

north of Kenmare. Betty

passed to eternal life on

11/10/2020 at the Ken-

mare Community Hospi-

tal. The fourth of ulti-

mately eight children.

Betty attended country

school for her first 3

grades and then contin-

ued thru 12th grade at the

Kenmare Public School.

Following graduation,

Betty returned home to

help on the family farm

and also worked as a

nursing assistance at

Deaconess Hospital in

Kenmare for five years.

On June 22, 1960, she

married Lyle Jerome

Schettler at St Anthony’s

Catholic Church in Don-

nybrook. They moved to

Bottineau for two years

where Lyle rented and

worked a farm, Betty

worked as a nursing assis-

tant at St. Andrew’s Hos-

pital. Their family was

started here with the birth

of a son, Jeffery, in May of

1961. They returned to

the Schettler Ranch out-

side of Donnybrook in

April of 1962. Here they

built a small house and

worked the ranch with

Lyle’s father, Carl and

mother, Clara Schettler.

Their young family con-

tinued to grow with the

birth of a son Vincent in

February, 1963, a

daughter Mary in Febru-

ary 1965, a son James in

March 1966, and another

son Andrew in October

1969. They moved into

the ranch house in 1970

and turned their first

home into a garage. The

Family’s life revolved

around family, cattle,

dairy, a pig, small grains,

gardens, church and

school activities.

Faith was a large part of

the family activities at-

tending St. Anthony’s

Catholic Church in Don-

nybrook. Betty was a

member of the Altar

Society of St. Anthony’s

and served as the treasur-

er until moving into an

apartment in Kenmare in

2000. They remained

members of St. Anthony’s

in Donnybrook. Her civic

duties included treasure

of the Carbondale Town-

ship Board for 17 years.

They took pride in the

children’s activities:

sports basketball, football,

baseball, music, band and

attendance of CCD classes

in Donnybrook.

Betty enjoyed the ranch

life and especially liked

feeding the baby calves

and the cats. Other hob-

bies were gardening, knit-

ting, crocheting, Artex

painting, and ceramics at

Cheryl Nore’s Ceramic

shop in Donnybrook and

making quilts after mov-

ing to an apartment in

Kenmare in July 2000.

Lyle was later admitted

to the Kenmare

Hospital/swing bed unit

where he passed away

two months after their

44th wedding anniver-

sary, August of 2004.

Betty sustained a stroke

in August of 2014. After

initial care at a hospital in

Minot she moved to Ken-

mare Hospital’s Swing

bed unit on September

29th, 2014. She met her

dear friend and roommate

Rose Chrest. She enjoyed

her companionship and

that of Rose’s family until

Rose died in August 2018.

She remained a resident

at Kenmare confined to a

wheel chair as the stroke

was residual to her left

side. At the home she

loved visiting with other

residents, their families,

bingo and her adult pencil

coloring was one of her

favorite activities.

Her loving family in-

cludes: three children,

Vince Schettler, Sidney,

MT; Mary Bryant, Yukon,

OK; and Andrew

Schettler, San Antonio,

TX.; 4 grandchildren,

Kyle and Austin Bryant

(Mary’s sons) and Tristan

and Dillion Schettler

(Jeff’s sons); 2 great grand-

daughters, Kaileigh and

Karsyn, daughters of Kyle.

She loved the grandbabies

and had a special place in

her heart for each of them.

As they grew and was

very proud of each accom-

plishment in life her fami-

ly made. One brother-

in-law Bob (Jane)

Schettler, Killdeer; sister-

in-law Janet (Tom) Han-

sen, Minot: several nieces,

nephews and cousins sur-

vive her.

Betty was preceded in

death by her husband

Lyle and sons James and

Jeffery; Parents, Christ Sr

and Inga (Erickson)

Johnson, sister Mary Lou

Johnson, brothers Christ

Jr., Elmer, Chester, Frank,

Ray and David Johnson.

Brother-in-laws Ben & Bill

Schettler, sister-in-laws

Betty Johnson and Viola


Mass of Christian

Burial: Friday, November

13, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at

St. Agnes Catholic

Church, Minot.

Inurnment: St.

Anthony’s Catholic

Cemetery, Donnybrook,


Memorials: Betty

prefers plants to flowers,

charitable donations to

Kenmare Hospital Activi-

ty Fund, St. Anthony’s

Cemetery Fund, the

Heart/Stroke Ass. or chari-

ty of donor’s choice.

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