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BETTY (GORMAN) SCHILDKNECHT Einan's at Sunset Betty (Gorman) Schildknecht, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on the evening of Monday, March 6th, 2017, surrounded by family. Betty was born on January 31st, 1925, the youngest of seven children to Thomas and Edna Gorman, in Iron Mountain, Michigan. The family moved west to Grand Coulee, WA when Betty was still a youngster. Her dad opened a large barber shop that was quite successful. She graduated from Grand Coulee high school before briefly moving to Portland during the war where she worked in administration for a shipbuilding company. After the war she returned to her family in Grand Coulee where she worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, and then met and married the love of her life, a young Navy veteran, Bill Schildknecht in 1947. They were married for just short of 50 years, when Bill passed away in 1996. Betty and Bill moved to Richland in 1948 when Bill was recruited to work construction and play fast-pitch softball. They went back to Coulee for a couple of years, but returned to Richland when he obtained a construction engineering position at the Hanford site. Through the years, they raised seven children and created a home that was always busy and full of laughter and love. During the years of homemaking and raising her children, Betty enjoyed activities like gardening, being a Scout den mother, supporting school activities and youth sports, becoming a master at jig-saw puzzles, bowling with good friends on her league team at Atomic Lanes, caring for and loving her pets, refereeing sibling disagreements, reading everything, sewing, and manufacturing some of the best meals imaginable. As her kids went off on their own and started families, she turned her attention to loving and spoiling grandchildren. Later, after Bill retired, they loved to go on cruises and other travels. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her daughter Karen, her dad and mom, her 5 Gorman brothers (Jim, Matt, Jack, Bob and Bill) and her sister (Kathleen Klaas). Betty is survived by her son Jim Schildknecht, wife Jan, their 3 daughters; her son Tom Schildknecht, wife Robin, their 3 daughters; her daughter Nancy Pickett, husband Tom, their son and daughter; her daughter Lynn Ibatuan, husband Mark, their 2 daughters; her daughter Leslie Dodd, husband Ryan, their 2 sons and 2 daughters; and her daughter Kathleen, one daughter. She leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Our mom, grandma and "GG" will be forever loved and missed. Such a wonderful life! Arrangements for internment are with Einan's Funeral Home, Richland. A private family memorial gathering is planned. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-1114
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 10, 2017