Bertha Schumacher, 82
Bertha “Betty” Schumacher was born to Eternal Life on Feb. 9, 2013, at Serenity Villa in Slinger. She was born Dec.r 29, 1930, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Anton and Agnes (nee Rueckerl) Kappl. Betty graduated from Layton School of Arts. Her attendance presented a hardship for the family because of transportation issues and the economy of the times. She worked at A.O. Smith in line art where she met her husband Alfred “Al” Schumacher. Betty and Al were married at St. Paul’s in Sheboygan Falls in 1955. Later Betty worked at Gehl Equipment in West Bend, also in line art. Leaving the industrial world, she worked as a freelance artist doing technical illustrations and also taking commissions of people and animal portraits in watercolor, acrylic, oil and pencil. Betty had a life-long love of animals, buying her first horse when she was 14 years old, to the disapproval of her parents and stabling the horse out on Mill Road in Milwaukee. With her love of animals, owning a farm was always a dream for Betty. In the late 1960s, Betty and Al purchased their farm in the Town of Erin, where they raised horses, cows, dogs and cats.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Al. She is survived by her brother Anton “Tony” (Nanette) Kappl of Cali-fornia, one niece, many nephews, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and six great-great nieces and nephews. Also survived by many dear friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m., with Vigil Service at 3:30 p.m. at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford. Mass of Resurrection will be Friday, February 15 at 9 AM at the Chapel of St. Therese at the Basilica of Holy Hill. The Rev. Fred Alexander, OCD, will officiate. Interment St. Augustine Cemetery.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family.