Elizabeth R "Betty" Schilling

Feb. 12, 1941 - May 24, 2023 - Chilton, WI

Funeral Service

Friday, June 2, 2023

6:00 pm

Wieting Family Funeral Home

411 W Main St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Funeral Visitation

Friday, June 2, 2023

2:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Wieting Family Funeral Home

411 W Main St.

Chilton, WI

Elizabeth R "Betty" Schilling

Chilton WI

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Schilling, age 82, of Chilton, died on May 24, 2023, at Ascension Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. She was born February 12, 1941, daughter of the late Elmer “Butch” and Adeline Sohrweide. 

Betty was a reporter almost all of her adult life, working for newspapers in the area for over 50 years. She helped the county by driving seniors around to various appointments for 22 years, and she was a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation. Betty loved going to local events and activities and spending her free time outside watching the birds. Betty’s family played a role in establishing Chilton; her great-great-grandparents, Frederick and Dorothea Sircher were part of the first white settlers to come to the area, and her great-grandmother, Anna Sircher-Graf, was the first baby born of the Sirchers in Chilton. 

Betty is survived by her son: Norbert Schilling; siblings: Grace (Marvin) Geiser and Dick (Karen) Sohrweide; nieces and nephews: Scott (Pat) Sohrweide, Sherry (Gary) Maurer, Tim Sohrweide (special friend, Annie Van Oss), Nicole (Chris) Meiers, Andrew Geiser (Scott); and a dog grandchild: Buddy.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Butch and Adeline; and Norbert’s father: LaJune Schilling.

A memorial service will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 2, 2023, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call from 2:00 pm until 5:45 pm at the funeral home on the day of service. To see a recording of the service, watch a memorial video in honor of Betty, or to view flowers given to the family, please click HERE


Betty was a "one of a kind". When we both were much younger and my family lived at Brant, we saw Betty and her family often. As an adult when I was involved in government I worked with Betty in her role as a reporter. I considered her the best reporter that I ever worked with, always precise and accurate. She was truly a valuable resource to those in government service and maybe, more importantly to the public. I'm sorry that I missed her memorial service but know that I and many others appreciated her hard work. My sympathy to her family.

Mary M Muellenbach (friend) 2023-06-13 08:06:02

I will always have fond memories of Betty as we were neighbors growing up. She was a good person and and a good friend. My sympathies to the family.

Nina (Friend) 2023-06-06 11:22:40

I will always have fond memories of Betty as we were neighbors growing up. She was a good person and and a good friend. My sympathies to the family.

Nina (Friend) 2023-06-06 10:03:39

Betty and I met each other when she was a driver for the Meals on Wheels program in Calumet County and I worked at one of the kitchen sites. Somehow, we immediately clicked and became friends even though our ages and backgrounds were entirely different. She would order lunch in the morning and after her drive was completed, came in and ate lunch with all of us at the table which usually was a group about 20. We had so many laughs together with the stories she told. There were reminiscences of times prior and also current happenings. I can remember we would save her a place right in the center of the table so all of us could hear her news. And we sit and relax with no hurry to leave just enjoying everyone's company. I can't remember her likes and dislikes, but I know she always asked what was on the menu and I made sure there was always plenty for her. After work was done for both of us, sometimes she came in and we would sit and talk about life in general. When she found out I had a grandson who was diagnosed with autism, she became very generous with her time and spent afternoons with him playing trucks. One thing Xander and Betty both enjoyed doing together was putting 100 pennies into his piggy bank as he counted each one out. Betty got such a kick out of that. She was always welcome in our home and was a guest at several of our meals when we had a group together. Then Covid hit, and we had to distance ourselves from each other and slowly we lost daily touch. I do remember when she was wheeled into the ER at Chilton Asension Hospital with covid, at that time I was one of their screeners. Betty was so ill, and it was hard to see her like that. Betty was the most kind, generous person to all her friends. I am so glad I am included in her long list. God always had a plan for her, and I am glad she didn't suffer long. I will miss her and will think of often.

Sandra Stephany (Friend) 2023-06-01 20:56:29

As a waitress to a friend, I will always remember you! My hearfelt condolences.

Amanda Berg (Friend, Lynda's Sky Harbor waitress) 2023-05-27 04:10:58

I grew up in Chilton and Betty was an intricate part of the community. My condolences to the family and I extend my heartfelt sympathy.

Koren K Bonlander (Acquaintance ) 2023-05-26 22:22:56

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