Elizabeth Elaine ‘Betty’ Skoug (nee Tibbitts)



Elizabeth E. “Betty” Skoug, age 83, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, and joined her loving husband Palmer in eternal life.


Betty was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to Walter M. Tibbitts and Agnes C. (nee Leland). She graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1948.


On July 21, 1951, Betty Tibbitts married Palmer Nordahl Skoug. Betty and Palmer moved to Waukesha in 1960 from Milwaukee. Betty worked for Dorner Manufacturing for 17 years and retired in 1994.


She was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Waukesha for many years. She also was past president of the Elks Ladies (1989-1990), where she was a member. Betty was past president (1993-1994) of the VFW Auxiliary Post 721 of Waukesha, with a life membership. She was a charter member of the Spring City Square Dancers and was a member of the Lake County Square Dancers. She also belonged to the Waukesha County, Wisconsin state and Milwaukee County genealogy societies, bowled with the Koffee Klaus League and Saturday Mates couples league at Fracaro’s for many years, and golfed in the summers at Willow Run Swingets.


Betty will be missed dearly by her family and friends. She lit up a room with her smile, laughter and positivity. 


Betty is survived by her children: son, Steven (Gail) Skoug of Big Bend and grandsons Jason and Joel; daughter, Gail (Michael) Hokenson of Waukesha and grandchildren Christine and David; and son, Craig (Erlane) Skoug of Waukesha and granddaughters Charlene, Alisha, and Ashley. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren and sisters-in-law Della Skoug of Arizona and Jean Tibbitts of Eau Claire.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents; spouse, Palmer N. Skoug, who passed away Sept. 17, 2000; brother, Leroy Tibbits of Eau Claire; sisters, Eva H. Burns and Ina Landsen of Chippewa Falls; brothers-in-law, Filmore Skoug of Black River and Walter (Fern) Skoug of Amery; and in-laws, Reinhart and Hilda Skoug.


Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Following the visitation, a devotion will follow for the family and friends with the Rev. John Borgwardt presiding. A Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Salem Cemetery, 470 S. Wales Road, Wales.


Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to Living Word Church of Waukesha.


Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.