Mrs. Betty Lou (Koerner) Schuiten, 93, of Seymour, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Schneck Memorial Hospital closely surrounded by loving family. She was born at home in Seymour on December 20, 1924 (though she would tell you ’25) to the late Fonney Cleao “Kead” Koerner and his lovely bride, Maude Mae (Brooks) Koerner.
Betty worked as a cook/salad maker/kitchen assistant through most of her working years, including the old Knotty Pines, Ritz Cafeteria, Stop 50, the Hi-Ho Inn, Golden Key, Nickerson Farms, Elks Country Club, Seymour Country Club, the American Legion, Pizza Palace, Poplar Street, The Pines as well as in the kitchen of the original Holiday Inn of Seymour.
The youngest of 11 siblings, Betty was this family’s last of America’s greatest generation. She was preceded in death by both her parents, her beloved son, Charles David (Chuck) Koerner, her brothers John Edward Harper, Herbert Harper, (Lottie Mae), Ira Koerner (Ella Mae), Floyd “Dink” Koerner (Monteen), Charles “Jack” Koerner (Grace), and William Koerner (Helen).
She was also preceded in death by her sisters Lena (Harper) Donahue (Mike), Margaret “Jane” (Koerner) Tudor, Virginia “Jinner” (Koerner) McCarty, and Mary (Koerner) Wilkins as well as several nieces and nephews.
Betty is survived by her loving daughter, Betty Jane (Schuiten) Wilson-Grant, her 2 adoring granddaughters, Margaret Wilson and Rikki Jane (Grant) Goble (David) as well as her nephews Steve Koerner (Donna), Edward Koerner (Tammy), John Robert Donahue, Paul (Ruth “Pete”) Young and a niece Edna Louise Lynch (Donald), as well as her loving great-niece, Mona Sullivan (Sonny). She was blessed with too many great-greats and beyond to mention, though she loved them all, even if only through photos! Betty is also celebrated by a whole neighborhood of adopted kids and grandkids from Seymour’s West End whom she loved on and spoiled throughout her glorious life of 93+ years.
Betty was known for her quick wit and her wildly inappropriate humor and was always good for a laugh. After raising her own 2 children, she had a strong place in raising her 2 grandchildren as well as dozens and dozens more from the old neighborhood. There was always ice cream and popsicles in her freezer and she never turned away anyone at meal time. In her words, she would “add water to the broth to make it stretch”. She was a strong, hard-headed woman with a soft heart, gentle hands and was loved by all who knew her. Her light on this earth will be
Funeral services will be at Voss & Sons funeral Service on Thursday, November 29 at 1:00 PM with the Pastor Ronnie Plumer officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Wednesday from 4-8 PM and Thursday from 12:00 PM until time of the service.
Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com
Memorial Donations can be made to Red Sky Rescue.