Betty Schaal

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.

5 thoughts on “Betty Schaal

  1. Shelly (Miner) Wong

    I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was an amazing lady who I know will be remembered with love!!

  2. Cheryl Stidwell

    I was sad to hear of your loss, and yet I feel a warmth of love and joy. Betty was a great neighbor, devoted mother, and loved her church and her community. I can still hear her laugh when I think of her, and have many fond memories of sitting in her kitchen, babysitting her children and at Christmas I think of her baking. My earliest memory of her is from my first grade Bible school, she was my teacher, and I thought she was the most glamorous creature to ever step foot in the church. When my own parents were ill and passing on, she offered me great support and caring strength. Rest In Peace Betty.

  3. Angela Kray

    In loving memory of my Aunt Betty, last sister of my mother Carolyn Whitehead. I’m glad you enjoyed a long and active life and were surrounded by your loving family during your final moments. It was wonderful to hear your hearty laugh on the phone when we last spoke.
    I remember our childhood visits to Jefferson and playing in the cornfields with my cousins behind your house. We have a photo of you holding my two children, Timon and Kamara, when you and Uncle Bill visited San Francisco. You were also a very special sister to my mother.
    Sending deepest condolences and warm wishes to my Uncle Bill and cousins Laura, Samantha and Carroll.
    Wishing you everlasting Love & Peace.

  4. Debbie Friesz

    Dear Bill and family, We were so sorry to hear about Betty. Mom and Dad had many great years with Bill and Betty and the “gang”. We all looked forward to seeing the Schaals every summer. You have been the best Woman Lake Neighbor’s ever! We will miss you Betty.

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