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Betty Schmitz

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Elizabeth “Betty” Schmitz, 87, of Carroll, died, Sunday, July 26, 2020, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Private family funeral services were held Wednesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Officiating was Father Kevin Richter. Casket bearers were Betty’s family. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Betty’s family at

Those wishing to send a memorial, please direct to Sharp Funeral Home c/o Betty Schmitz Family, 226 W. 8th St., Carroll, IA 51401.

Born on March 28, 1933, at Maple River, Iowa, Elizabeth Jane was a daughter of Henry and Bernadine (Beyerink) Willeke. She attended St. Francis of Assisi School and later graduated from St. Angela’s Academy in 1951. After graduation Betty worked at Woolworth’s and Ocoma Foods in Carroll.

On June 5, 1956, Betty married Paul “Pat” Schmitz at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Maple River, Iowa. The couple made their home in Carroll where she worked for Ken Ebner with Bankers Life and was the bookkeeper for Pat Schmitz Construction.

Pat and Betty enjoyed traveling, fishing, and playing cards. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 5, 1981. In May 1983, Pat died.

Following Pat’s death, Betty worked part time for the State of Iowa Driver’s License Station.

On Feb. 19, 1986, Betty married Edwin Masching. During their time together, Ed and Betty enjoyed golfing, traveling, playing cards and walking. Ed died in October 1992.

Betty was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Ladies Guild, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, American Legion Auxiliary and St. Anthony Hospital Auxiliary. Over the years she volunteered for many organizations including, St. Anthony Regional Hospital and the New Hope Village Bargain Shoppe. Betty enjoyed bowling, playing bridge, traveling, reading, and golfing where she recorded two holes-in-one.

Betty is survived by her children: Jean Haviland of Carroll, Cathy Olson of Carroll, Maureen Schmitz of Leawood, Kansas, Mary Kay (Dave) Minner of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Tom Schmitz of Carroll and Connie (Tom) Kirvin of Urbandale; son-in-law Glenn Bernard of West Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as other extended relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Paul “Pat” Schmitz and Edwin Masching; her daughter Patricia Bernard in 2017; and her siblings, Wayne (Doris) Willeke, Joan (Roy) Huegerich and Donald (Donna) Willeke.

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