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(November 2, 1934 – September 9, 2016)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schenkel, of Saginaw Township, died peacefully at Cartwright Hospice Home on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, surrounded by her children. Betsy was the oldest of 7 children in an Army family. After graduating from Trinity College, she married Ed Schenkel, an optometrist in the Air Force. Betsy, Ed and their children lived in many different locations throughout Ed?ÇÖs military career, including Germany, Alaska and Ed?ÇÖs home state of Michigan. Upon retirement from the Air Force, they settled with their family in Adrian, Michigan from 1978-1993. While in Adrian, Betsy was very involved in St. Mary?ÇÖs Catholic Parish and with the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Betsy devoted much of her time volunteering with social justice causes and providing support to those in need. In 1993, Betsy and Ed moved to Columbus, North Carolina, where they continued their involvement with the church and charitable causes. In 2014, Betsy moved to McBrite Independent Living in Saginaw Township to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Having Betsy close allowed for many wonderful memories. She frequently attended mass at St. Thomas Aquinas and participated in the many wonderful activities at McBrite and, of course, walking her devoted dog, Skippy. Left to cherish her memory are her 5 children ?Çô Dorrie (Michael) Schenkel-Brint, Mark (Marie) Schenkel, Miriam (Chris) Bloom, Marie (Dave Hickey) Schenkel, and Beth (Matt) Craig, her beloved dog Skippy, and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Tish Jaccard, John (Wyn) Jaccard and Mike (Bernadette) Jaccard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ed Schenkel. There will be a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Saginaw, Michigan with Fr. Rick Bokinskie presiding. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday November 12, 2016 at St. Mary?ÇÖs Catholic Church in Adrian, Michigan with Fr. Bill Auth officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice program at Covenant Healthcare Foundation, 1447 N. Harrison, Saginaw, MI 48602 or to the Red Cross. Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. On line condolences can be left at smithminer.com