Barbara L. Schwartz, 80, of Beatrice died at her home on Thursday, April 18, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born December 27, 1938 at Diller. She attended school in Fairbury and went to church at First Christian Church in Fairbury. She married Leonard Schwartz on February 9, 1958 at Fairbury. She worked at Chirnsides, Swifts, Formfit and devoted 37 years to BSDC. She was great at utilizing the fruits and vegetables Len grew at the farm by canning, baking and using apples in so many delicious ways. She loved working in the yard on her rose and lilac bushes, taking walks with grandkids and great-grandkids. She was a giver who took time to support her family at events like horse racing, car racing, softball games, church and school activities. She enjoyed family visiting and teaching grandkids how to play cards and bake.
Survivors include one son, Michael (Susan) Schwartz of Beatrice; one daughter, Lori Hespen of Beatrice; five grandchildren, Mackenzie (Tim) Smith of Odell, Elizabeth (Alex) Morey of Lincoln, Ashley (Jonathan) Black of Jacksonville, FL, Travis (Jadean) Hespen and Jacob Hespen all of Beatrice; eight great-grandchildren, Ivy and Reid Smith, Holden Morey, Benjamin and Eliza Black, Briseis, Benedict and Rhett Hespen; three brothers, Wayne (Reta) Rhoden of Chubbuck, ID, Vernon Rhoden of Ellsworth, KS and Dennis (Lori) Rhoden of Niles, KS; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard “Len” Schwartz (2005), her parents, Merle and Leola Williams Rhoden; three sisters, Norma Zoch, Marie Ann Rhoden and Amelia Katherine Rhoden.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Chaplain Sharon Schuster officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice. A memorial has been established to the Beatrice Community Hospital Hospice and Beatrice Humane Society. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday and at the funeral home an hour preceding the service on Tuesday. The family will meet and greet friends on Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. www.foxfuneralhome.net Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.