Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hauth, 61

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Hauth, age 61, of Hutchinson, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, surrounded by her family, after a nine-year battle with cancer.

She was born Jan. 4, 1953, in Litchfield, the daughter of Leander and Ann (Nistler) Schoolmeesters. Betty grew up on the family farm in rural Forest City.

She was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, all at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in Forest City.

Betty was a graduate of Litchfield High School class of 1971. Following graduation, Betty worked at Glacier National Park in Montana for a summer.

She was united in marriage to Gordon Schutz in 1976. This marriage was blessed with two children, Danielle and Ryan.

Betty was united in marriage to Terry Hauth June 1, 1996. They resided in Woodbury, then Dassel, and moved to Hutchinson in 2013. Betty and Terry shared 18 years of marriage.

Betty was employed at Litchfield Garment before she started her own business in the sewing industry. She retired in 2012.

She attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, where she was a member of the Council of Catholic Women (CCW). She was also a member of Minnesota Women of Today.

Betty enjoyed bowling, tending to her gardens, knitting, crocheting, card making, and was a lifetime fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, step-grandchildren, and friends.

Betty is survived by her husband, Terry Hauth of Hutchinson; children, Danielle (Schutz) Lingl and her husband, Zachary of Buffalo, and Ryan Schutz and his significant other, Brittany Dobson of Litchfield; mother, Ann Schoolmeesters of Litchfield; step-child Tiffany (Hauth) Nordling and her husband, Frank of Coon Rapids; and step-grandchildren Landon and Henley Nordling.

She is further survived by her siblings, Sr. Kathryn Schoolmeesters of Mankato, Mary Kosak and her husband, Jim of Olivia, Trudy Landgren and her husband, Bill of Edina, LeeAnn Wagner and her husband, Leonard of Litchfield, Margaret Schoolmeesters of Champlin, Andy Schoolmeesters and his wife, Michelle, and Chuck Schoolmeesters and his wife, Linda, all of Litchfield; and many other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her father, Leander Schoolmeesters; brother Joseph Schoolmeesters; and grand nephew, Hunter Heyrman.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin. Private family interment will take place at a later date.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin handled the arrangements. Online guest book is available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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