Elizabeth A. Schmidt, 74

Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Schmidt, age 74, of Delano, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

She was born Nov. 3, 1939, on a farm in Rockford Township, the daughter of the late George Wandersee and Lydia Wandersee.

Betty, the second-oldest of 14 children, grew up quickly on the farm. She loved gardening, baking, cooking, and canning; and relaxed by feeding and watching the birds and butterflies from her porch.

She loved the outdoors, and you could often find her taking the back roads to the grocery store on her scooter – hat and scarf flapping in the wind.

Betty is survived by three children, Debra Sonnarberg and husband of Brainerd, Vicky Probst and husband of Buffalo, and Michael Schmidt and wife of Colorado Springs, CO; 10 siblings: Shirley, Diane, Cathy, Nancy, Bobby, Chuck, Fritz, Duane, Kenny and Jerry; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard, David and Donald.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Sept. 13 at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Delano. Private burial was at the West Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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