Obituary: Elizabeth Spaeth

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Elizabeth Spaeth, 92, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Parkview Home in Freeport, Ill. Betty was born on Dec. 6, 1917, in Madison, Wisc. She was the beloved daughter of Edna Elizabeth Frautschi and Walter Emil Schmidt.

Betty graduated as Valedictorian from Marshall County High School. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing (always a proud Badger) and did graduate work at the University of Chicago.

On March 6, 1943, Betty married Robert S. Spaeth in the Bond Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. She spent her married years as a devoted homemaker and mother.

Betty and Bob moved to Freeport in 1976. She was an active member of First Presbyterian (now United Presbyterian) Church, enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the hand bells. Her church family was very important to her.

She was a member of PEO, a long-time volunteer at Freeport Hospitals, Meals on Wheels (into her 80s) and FACC. She was a generous supporter of civic, educational, cultural and charitable organizations. In keeping with her generosity, she donated her remains to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois.

Betty loved to play bridge, walk the bike path, travel with friends and family, and thought Switzerland was "heaven on earth."

Her children include Trudi Spaeth (Jack) Rosazza of Iowa City, Kathi Spaeth of Rock City, Heidi Spaeth (Steve) Werden of Phoenix, John Christian Spaeth of Freeport, and grandchildren Kevin Werden, Lisa Werden, Calla Angle and her father Ed Angle.

Memorial gifts may be made in Betty's name to the Freeport Arts Museum or the Freeport Community Concert Association.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at United Presbyterian Church, Freeport, Ill. The fellowship gathering will be from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service. Elizabeth's family invites friends to extend condolences, share a memory, or light a candle in her honor at