Funeral services for Betty Schwager, age 88, of Neligh, NE will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at United Methodist Church in Neligh with Pastor Bruce Phillips, officiating. Visitation will be 5 - 7; Monday, October 22, at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Neligh. Betty passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at her home after battling with cancer. Condolences can be sent to family at
Betty Lou Schwager was born September 5, 1930 in rural Elgin, to Charles H. and Harriet (Gardner) Hamdorf. She was baptized in 1931 at Antelope Creek Church, rural Elgin. She attended School District #112, rural Elgin, later transferring to Neligh Public School and graduating in 1948. After graduation Betty worked at Hesteds Store, W.A. Buchanan, office of Antelope County Extension agent, office of County Judge Royal V. Sheets, and First National Bank, all at Neligh.
On March 31, 1957, she was united in marriage to Donald Dave Schwager at Orchard United Methodist Church. The couple lived in the rural Orchard and Clearwater areas. They were blessed with two daughters, Pamela and Irene.
After Donald’s death on May 9, 1960, Betty and her daughters moved back to Neligh. Throughout the next decades she worked at Asmussen Inc. at Neligh, Citizen State Bank at Clearwater, Tilden Fertilizer at Tilden, Fredrickson Oil at Wayne and Bob’s One Stop at Meadow Grove; always working with numbers and bookkeeping. After retirement she became a newspaper carrier for Omaha World Herald for nearly two years and an Avon representative for 10 years.
Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 60 years and Bettys’ Club of Northeast Nebraska. She liked to sew, knit, crochet and embroidery. She was especially proud of her quilts and completed several over the past few years. This year she was able to complete two quilts which were entered in the Antelope County Fair. Betty had never entered her quilts in competition. Both quilts won blue ribbons with her king-size quilt also winning the “Best in Antelope County” ribbon. This quilt was entered at the Nebraska State Fair, receiving a “Best in County” ribbon and fifth place recognition in the two-person quilt division.
Betty is survived by daughters, Pamela Schwager of Neligh and Irene (Ken) Musil of Inman; stepson, Delwyn (Allene) Schwager of Royal; step daughter-in-law Ruth Schwager of Ewing; grandson Phelan Schwager; seven step-grandchildren; three great grandsons; six step great grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Donald, parents Charles and Harriet Hamdorf, step-son Marvin Schwager and many relatives and friends.