Elizabeth “Betty” Neuenschwander, 87, of Berne passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. She was born on June 19, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Harold and Caroline (Petersen) Hyslop. It was while LeOrace “LeDale” Neuenschwander was stationed in Boston, Massachusetts while he was in the United States Navy that she met him on a hayride at the Tremont Temple Church. They were married on May 1, 1953 in Boston and moved to Berne to raise their family.
She was a faithful member of First Missionary Church in Berne. She was employed at various businesses in the Berne area including CTS and EPC of Geneva.
She spent a lot of time reading. As a faithful Christian, she started every day reading her Bible and always ended each day on her knees in prayer beside her bed. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and children, usually ending up at a location near the ocean. One of her many joys included eating out and spending time with her family. Other hobbies that she enjoyed included quilting, crocheting and making blankets for her children, grandchildren and as donations to Riley Children’s Hospital. She had a heart of gold and loved unconditionally.
She is survived by her son, Richard “Rick” (Sharon) Neuenschwander of Berne; three daughters, Kathie (Ron) Patterson; and Lori (Arne) Liechty, both of Berne; and Carole (Jeff) Billington of Bryant; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on February 26, 2011; brother, James Hyslop in infancy; and two sisters, Ruth Kirby; and Jean Lyons.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21 at the Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, January 22 at First Missionary Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Nathan Patterson assisted by Pastor Dana Neuenschwander. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.