Elizabeth Schlagel

Elizabeth Messmore Schlagel

November 1, 1930 - August 5, 2020
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Elizabeth (Betsy) Schlagel

Betsy Schlagel, a retired teacher and long-time resident of Greeley, Colorado, passed away peacefully at home on August 5, 2020 at the age of 89. At her request, cremation has taken place.

Betsy was born in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Florence M. and Edward H. Hughes. She graduated from the University of Denver in 1951 with a BA in Education. She taught Kindergarten, fifth, and second grades at Platte Valley Schools in Kersey, Co. and was beloved by both students and staff. She retired in 1988 from teaching. After retirement in 1988, she worked part-time as an Elder Care Advocate at North Range.

She was married to Philip Schlagel for 25 years and was divorced in 1978, and has been with Vernon Spencer, who loved and cared for her until she died.

Betsy is survived by her longtime companion Vernon Spencer; her children, Rosemary (Steve) Hantelman , Ed (Judy)Schlagel, and Tom (Janet) Schlagel, her grandchildren, Katie, Annie, Grace, Kelsey, Cade and Cole; her great-grandchildren, Lily, Aubree, William, Isaiah, and Avery.

Betsy was very outgoing, social and great storyteller. She had a passion for teaching, enjoyed music and animals, and loved spending time with her family and friends and grandchildren.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held in the future.
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Uncle Dave, Aunt Karen and Suzy

Posted at 03:31pm
So sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of your mom. Hope everyone is well.
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Barbara Dillard

Posted at 07:01pm
Dear Cousins,
Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a great lady and the best kindergarten teacher ever! Love, Barbara

Diana Zuniga Ruibal

Posted at 05:08am
She was a wonderful teacher and friends with our mother Charlotte Zuniga. She visited her in the nursing home. Her companion Vernon Spencer was my elementary music teacher. If they were together all these years it's because they really loved one another. Mr Spencer was a terrific person. Our thoughts and prayers for the family. Love Diana Zuniga Ruibal.

Kelsey Schlagel Charlesworth

Posted at 03:08pm
This woman was incredible. She cared deeply for her family and had a passion for helping others. She will certainly be missed by many. We shared a lot of incredible times together throughout the years and I am so thankful for our most recent time together. Until we meet again 😘

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