Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Schopf
Feb. 6, 1925 – June 30, 2019
Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Schopf, 94, of the Town of Sevastopol died June 30.
She was born in Menominee, Michigan, the daughter of William “Fus” John Schartner and Evelyn Katherine (Stoffels) Schartner. Betty grew up attending Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Grade School in Institute. She graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1943. Betty initially worked in the office at Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay for a few years during WWII.
She was united in marriage to Harold August Schopf on February 15, 1947, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They were blessed with six children and more than 55 years of marriage. Harold passed away July 1, 2002.
Betty devoted most of her time to raising her family at home, but she also helped at Harold A. Schopf Insurance Agency in Sturgeon Bay, which Harold ran from 1946 until 1979.
She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay and helped serve funeral lunches over the years. Betty was a devout Catholic. Every day, she’d bless her eyes with holy water from Lourdes and her bed (and Harold) with holy water from St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Betty loved traveling and enjoyed trips to California, Arizona, Florida, Mexico and Germany among other places. She made a lot of friends with her visits to Panama City Beach, Florida. Betty liked camping and started with a pop-up, then went to an Airstream and eventually had a motor home. She was an avid walker and enjoyed playing cards and reading books. Betty also enjoyed dancing to big music like “Margaritaville” and others. She celebrated Christmas in July with family (in addition to December). Above all, Betty loved her family.
She will be missed by her five children, Sue (Dennis) Dworak of Kewaunee, Harold J. “Bud” (Bev) Schopf of Sturgeon Bay, Linda (Terry) Junion, Patricia Schopf, and Gary (Kim) Schopf, all of the Town of Sevastopol; eight grandchildren, Debbie (Patrick) Kvitek, Lori (Mike) Kurkiewicz, and Gina Hershfield, Heath (Nicki) Schopf and Matthew (Alicia) Schopf, Jeffrey Junion, Christopher (friend Della Londo) Junion, and Stephanie (Jake) Peterson; 16 great-grandchildren, Alex and Ashley Hershfield, Luke and Angie Stiles and Wyatt Kurkiewicz, Ryan Kvitek, Nathan, Brandon, and Michael Schopf, Lauren and Tommy Junion, and Clayton, Caleb, and Cole Peterson; two siblings, Anna Mae Smith and William (Leanne) Schartner Jr., both of Sturgeon Bay; nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends.
Betty was reunited with her parents; husband; son, James Schopf; parents-in-law, John and Henrietta (Steinke) Schopf; three siblings-in-law, Orville Schopf, Ralph Smith, and Mary (William) Wanke; and other relatives.
Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, July 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, with Fr. Robert Stegmann as celebrant. Betty will be laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery beside her husband, Harold.
The Rosary will be prayed at the church Wednesday morning at 10:30 am, with visitation continuing from 10:45 am until 12:15 pm.
Memorials may be given in Betty’s name to the St. Joseph Educational Endowment Fund.
“Our family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful, compassionate caregivers and the staff of Unity Hospice for their care given to Mom.”
Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Schopf family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Betty can be shared through her tribute page at huehnsfuneralhome.com.
DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO:
St. Joseph Educational Endowment Trust
526 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay WI 54235