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Betty Schwartz, 90

Betty (Kirschbaum) Schwartz, age 90, of Norwood Young America, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

She was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Nuremberg, Germany, the daughter of Georg and Berta (Habelitz) Kirschbaum. Betty was baptized as an infant, and later was confirmed in her faith as a youth. She attended an elementary school through the eighth grade.

Betty met Melvin Schwartz in Germany and the couple was united in marriage June 28, 1948, by the Rev. W. P. Kramer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America.

Betty and Melvin first made their home in New Germany, and then built a home in Norwood Young America. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Kurt and Wanda.

The couple shared over 42 years of marriage, until Melvin passed away Jan. 21, 1991.

In her later years, Betty lived in Peace Villa, The Harbor, and in August 2016, moved to Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker, Betty cleaned homes for other people.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America.

Betty enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, cooking, flowers, watching fish in fish tanks, and traveling. She was also known for her potato salad, and would always make it for the American Legion.

Betty loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Kurt Schwartz and his wife, Debra, of Hager City, WI; daughter, Wanda Phelps and her husband, David, of Plato; grandchildren Jeremy Schwartz and his wife, Lainey, of Belle Plaine, Jennifer Kern and her husband, Jeffrey, of Andover, Nicholas Phelps of Glencoe, and Angela Phelps and her fiancé, Eric Werner, of Sunrise, FL; great-grandchildren Cole, McKinley, and Charles Schwartz, and Julia and Janna Kern; other relatives; and many friends.

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Georg and Berta Kirschbaum.

A memorial service took place Friday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, followed by interment at the church cemetery. Pastor Eric Hutchison officiated at the service, and the organist was Rita Luecke. Congregational hymns were “Rock of Ages,” “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” and “I’m But A Stranger Here.”

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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