Betty Jean Sandhage



Betty Jean Sandhage, 76, of East County Road 300S in Bartholomew County, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida.

Born Sept. 25, 1939, in Decatur County, she was the daughter of J. Edward and Ruth Frances Mabee Schreiner, both of whom preceded her in death. On June 6, 1958, she married Henry Joseph “Hank” Sandhage.

Betty was an active member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church where she has served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and Bible study group leader. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Women’s Guild and volunteered at the church office and St. Bartholomew School. She was a member of the Club 24 Home Economics Club. Though primarily a homemaker, Betty had previously worked at May’s Nursery and Cosco.

Betty was a loving and devoted mother, amazing grandmother and energetic farm wife. She loved to crochet blankets, sew and make special teddy bears for her family. She would weave baskets and show them at the county fair. She loved to travel, learn new things, read and spend winters at their home in Arcadia, Florida. Her family will always remember her best-ever, homemade noodles, her pink cake sauce and her strawberry shortcake.

Besides her husband of 56 years, Henry Joseph “Hank” Sandhage; three daughters, Linda (John) Baxter of Columbus, Cheryl (Jeff) Pollert of Columbus and Denise (Bill) Scroggins of Indianapolis; two brothers, Frank (Dorothy) Schreiner of Greensburg and Donald (Kathy) Schreiner of Carmel; a sister, Joan (Dennis) Tebbe of Madison; seven special grandchildren, Nicole (Michael) Olenik, Lindsey Moore, J.B. Baxter, Lauren Minniear, Luke Minniear, Allison Scroggins and Lainey Scroggins.

She also was preceded in death by a son, Henry Allen Sandhage; three brothers, Paul “Bud” Schreiner, John “Jack” Schreiner and James Schreiner; and two sisters, Marie Herbert and Lucille Youngman.

A mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with Father Clem Davis officiating.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Jennings County.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, where there will be a recitation of the rosary at 7:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church for St. Anne Parish in Limonade, Haiti, or to St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

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