Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith (nee Schadrie) found peace on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at age 49 following a nine-month fight with breast cancer. Her battle reflected her strength and determination shown throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Schadrie. She was a loving wife and best friend to Joel for 25 years, and a proud and devoted mom of Sam, Katie, Meghan, Isaac, and Molly. She is survived by her beloved mother, Jeri Schadrie, and dear siblings of Brian, Dean, Laura, and Julie. She will be missed by many relatives and dear friends.
Betsy spent her lifetime as a social worker. She was a bright light among her coworkers and of the lives she touched throughout her career. She had a passion for helping those around her. This characteristic can be seen in the way she welcomed so many individuals into her family. Notably, she welcomed a number of foreign exchange students into her home, all of whom call her “mom.” Additionally, she is a loving member of the adoptive parent community, providing support and friendship to fellow adoptive families.
In Betsy’s free time, she enjoyed traveling, camping, and outdoor adventures. She loved any activities that allowed her to spend time with her family.
There will be a memorial gathering at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 4:00 PM to 6:45 PM. A memorial service will follow visitation at 7:00 PM.