Elma Schwartzkopf, 91, Gering

Elma Schwartzkopf, 91 of Gering, Nebraska passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Bayard with Reverend George Naylor officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel with family present to greet visitors from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be given to the church. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.geringchapel.com.

God blessed this world on October 7, 1921, when Elma was born to George and Louise (Eskam) Schildt, north of Scottsbluff. The family then moved to Minatare where Elma attended school. She was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff. She and Benjamin Schwartzkopf were joined in marriage on July 5, 1940, and together they had four children. They started their married life and farming career in Torrington, WY., and soon moved to south Gering before moving to Bridgeport, NE in 1952. In 1967, they moved to south Bayard before retiring in Gering. Elma loved life on the farm, especially taking care of all of her farm animals and raising large gardens every year and canning the vegetables she grew. Her family loved all of the German foods she would prepare for family gatherings. She kept several recipes "secret" so that she would always have a special treat that no one else could bring.
Elma was a member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Bayard. Following her retirement to Gering, she was employed by Regional West Medical Center well beyond the normal retirement age. She also spent her later years as a Foster Grandparent for the Gering schools.

Survivors include her children; son, Robert and wife, Jere Schwartzkopf (Burwell, NE); daughter Gwen and husband Larry Bewley (Gering); daughter Diane and husband Larry Kraus (Bayard) and son Stanley and wife Leilane Schwartzkopf (Seward, Alaska). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren, as well as sisters Ruby Quindt and Lorraine Marshall and sister-in-law Lydia Schildt and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Louise and brothers-in-law Carl Schmer and Wilbert Quindt.

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