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Elizabeth Hays "Betty" Schoenfeld (1920 - 2014)

Obituary
  • "To the Schoenfeld family. I'm so sorry for your loss...."
    - Teresa Schmidt

ELIZABETH SCHOENFELD Elizabeth "Betty" Hays Schoenfeld, age 93, "went home", passing peacefully, Sunday, January 5, 2014 after six years of dementia. She was born December 1, 1920 to J. Byers and Charlotte M. Hays in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School, she attended and graduated with a BA in Art from Skidmore College in Syracuse, New York, having served as president of the Senior Class. Her postgraduate work in weaving and interior design was done at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. In November 1944, her father brought home a young man for Thanksgiving, who had roomed with him during a week-long city-planning course at M.I.T. Betty and Raymond Schoenfeld met and some say fell in love that weekend. At Christmas, Ray asked her to marry him and in June 1945 they were wed. They lived in Cleveland until they moved to California in 1957. By this time they had two young daughters and welcomed a third a month after they arrived. Betty was a stay at home mom, who was an excellent cook and seamstress, sewing most of her clothing for years. She loved art and always found time for pottery, stain glass and drawing. She helped in Sunday school and elementary classrooms and scout troops. She returned to the work place at the age of 50, working for eleven years at the College of San Mateo Evening Division, until she and husband Ray retired and moved to Chico to be near their eldest daughter's family who was then expecting their first child. They lived at Woodcrest, and were active on the HOA board for over 20 years. Betty attended and volunteered at Bidwell Presbyterian Church for 20 years and was very active in the UPW during the same time. She was a wonderfully supportive and loving grandmother to five grandchildren, four of whom lived in Chico. She was moved to Roseleaf Senior Care Home in 2008 when life at home became too challenging. She was gifted with excellent loving care from the staff that became like family over the six years she was there. She became a great-grandmother in 2012 and had happy visits with her great-granddaughter over the past year. Her parents, only brother Alden F. Hays and husband Ray Schoenfeld, predeceased her. She is survived by her daughters Sally Jungling (Kent) and Ann Robles of Chico and Janet Reagan of Visalia; grandchildren Scott Jungling, Andrew (Kylie) Jungling, Joshua and Jake Robles of Chico, Jennifer Reagan of Visalia and great granddaughter Emmelyn Jungling of Chico. At her request no service will be held.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 9, 2014
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