Elizabeth “Betty” Schimmel, 85 years, 5 months and 6 days, Grey Eagle passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 after a rich life with family and friends.
Elizabeth “Betty” Theresa VanHavermeat was born Aug. 28, 1931 in North Germany Township, Minn., the daughter of Henry and Lizzie (Huhne) VanHavermeat. She was the youngest of 11 children. She grew up and attended school in Stearns County. At age 19, on Nov. 22, 1949, she and Ervin Ceminski were united in marriage. During 13 years of marriage they were blessed with four children. Betty then married Fred Schimmel on June 15, 1970 and they enjoyed 13 happy years together before Fred’s death in 1983.