Elizabeth Anne "Betz" Schmitz, 77
A year after her diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), Betz passed away peacefully at age 77 on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, embraced by her loving family.
Betz was born in Red Wing, Minn., Jan. 25, 1932. She enjoyed life on Shady Grove farm near Esdaile in Pierce County, Wis., with her parents and her three older brothers. After graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1948, she lived in Red Wing while working as an aide at the University Hospital.