Betty Schaal was born on the solstice, June 21, 1932 at home in Indianola, Iowa to Roy and Ethel (Lane) Whitehead. She passed from this life October 26, 2018 at the Greene County Long Term Care Facility in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 86 years, 4 months and 5 days.
Betty was the youngest of four girls in her family. She graduated from the Indianola High School in 1951 and worked for brief time for United Airlines prior to her marriage. On June 21, 1954, Betty Whitehead was united in marriage to Carroll (Bill) Schaal Jr. of Jefferson at the Methodist Church in Indianola. To this union were born three children. Betty and Bill settled in Jefferson and raised their family. Betty helped Bill in his business but was mainly a wife and mom.
Betty was an active member of the community and her church, the First United Methodist, where she particularly enjoyed singing in the choir. She had served as president of the P.E.O., Friday Club, Greene Co. Hospital Auxiliary and U.M.W. Betty was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Betty and Bill spent many happy hours with family and friends and enjoyed summers at their cabin on Woman Lake near Longville, Minnesota.
Betty will be dearly missed by her family; husband, Bill, daughters; Laura Lynn Brones and husband, Lynn, of Johnston, and Samantha Rae Schaal of Cedar Falls, son, Carroll and his wife, Pamela, of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and grandchildren; John (Stephanie) Schaal, Brock (April) Brones, Anna Schaal (Zach) Miller, Brett Brones and Peter Schaal. Preceding her in death were her parents and three sisters; Jean, Ortha and Carolyn.
A celebration of Betty’s life was held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with Pastor Julie Poulsen officiating. Musical selections, “In the Garden” and “The Lord’s Prayer” were sung by Gary Haupert and accompanied by Sheryl Sloan. Burial was made in the Jefferson City Cemetery.
Serving as honorary bearers were Betty’s grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.