Betty Schell

Obituaries | 10/19/2016 |

Elizabeth “Betty” Schell, 97, of Sterling died Oct. 12, 2016, in Sterling. Betty was born Oct. 7, 1919, in Atwood to Phillip and Magdelene (Hessener) Haberkorn.

She attended school at St. Anthony’s Catholic School. She married Jacob Schell April 25, 1939, in Sterling. They were married for 68 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and crocheting. Her family remembers her as a “domestic goddess.”

Betty is survived by her daughters, Janice Bellendir of Sterling, Elizabeth Jean Vance of Highlands Ranch, Kathleen Rose Schell of Lakewood, Theresa Burgess and husband Richard of Bremerton, Washington, and Tammy Kay Schell of Highlands Ranch; son, Jacob Schell of Sterling; sister-in-law, Virginia Haberkorn of Cheyenne, Wyoming; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob; daughter, Mary Ellen Schell; son-in-law, Philip Bellendir, son-in-law, Burton Vance; nine brothers; and one sister.

A vigil and rosary evening service was held Oct. 17 at Tennant Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 18 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Herman Nsubuga celebrating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Betty’s name to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hospice of the Plains or the donor’s choice, in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.

Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling was entrusted with the arrangements.