Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Schatz, 92

Aug. 19, 1929 —
Oct. 6, 2021
CRESCO - Elizabeth “Betty” J. Schatz, age 92, died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at the Patty Elwood Center. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Oct. 11 at Notre Dame Church. In lieu of flowers, donations or gifts can be given to Notre Dame Catholic School.
She was born on Aug. 19, 1929 in Chicago to John Joseph and Lucille (Milz) Shea. The family returned to the family farm at Volga, Iowa, before moving to Howard County in 1935. 
Betty attended St. Joseph School and then graduated from Cresco High School in 1948. Following graduation, she took a short course at Iowa State Teachers College, currently UNI. She taught rural schools for three years.
On Aug. 22, 1951, Betty married Adrian Schatz at St. Joseph’s Church in Cresco. They farmed west of Cresco until 1997, when they moved to town. They were blessed with eight children, 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. 
God blessed Betty’s life through faith, education and creating a home where any number could be fed. Not only did she prepare meals for 10, she always had to be prepared for others who would drop in right before supper. She also headed up great meals for weddings, as a Circle of Faith circle leader and as a funeral circle chairperson. She kept a whole recipe box on how to prepare meals for 100 and multiply them.
She was dedicated to education from the very beginning and to Notre Dame Catholic School in particular. She supported it financially through fund-raisers and provided leadership through serving on the school board. She worked with Fr. Donald Hawes from 1970-1985 on maintaining a healthy Catholic school.
Finally, Betty utilized her creative skills to celebrate marriages by embroidering dish towels for every bridal shower, to celebrate births by making baby blankets and to celebrate familial relationships by making each child a quilt. She contributed many of these skills to the needs of the community, where she donated her work and time both locally and internationally, as a member of the Notre Dame Sewing Circle.
Betty is survived by her children, John (JoAnne White) and Alan (Wendy) from Cresco; Theresa Puffer and Carol (Dean) Dusheck of Plymouth, Minn., Diane (Kim) Wohlsdorf and Susan (Greg) Hurlebaus of Rochester, Minn., Julie (Joe) Haskovec of Lime Springs, IA and Fr. David Schatz of Dubuque, Iowa; her 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
She is also survived by her brothers, Robert (Bob) Shea of Blacksburg, Va. and Neil (Jean) Shea of Hemet, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Betty Shea of Cresco and Leoba Dotzler of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Adrian; her daughter-in-law, Dianne Schatz; her sister, Marilyn; brothers, Ken and Don Shea; and her in-laws, Laurie and Mary Ann Shea, Wilfred and Delores Schatz, Ray and Rosella Schatz, Joe Schatz and Gerald Dotzler.

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