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Longtime Loomis resident Elizabeth Schweigert dies

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Elizabeth Ann Schweigert, beloved wife of the late Reinhold Albert Schweigert, mother to Patricia and Diane, and resident of Loomis for more than 50 years, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. A thoughtful, independent, and caring woman, who was the center of so many things within both her family as well as within her community, Elizabeth succumbed to the heart condition that she had lived with for decades. Challenges such as a bad heart were not things that limited Elizabeth and humor was a key part of how she kept such challenges in perspective. Born on September 7, 1922, in Warren, Arizona, Elizabeth was the daughter of Anne Lillian [Hart] and Ole Peterson. Her father, Ole, died in an accident a short while after she was born. Elizabeth’s mother Anne later married Joseph R. Rumney. Elizabeth had a brother, Charles Henry Peterson and a sister, Joyce Seay of Eugene, Oregon. Her brother Charles preceded her in death more than 50 years ago. Keen to know more about her father and brother, Elizabeth learned how to use the Internet to do research into their lives and was pleased with the progress that she’d been able to make. Elizabeth and Albert were married during WWII in Waycross, Georgia by a Military Chaplain shortly before Albert was deployed to Europe. Albert was attached to the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic. During WWII, Elizabeth worked in support of the war effort. After the war, Al went to school to become a music teacher and the couple eventually settled in Loomis and started a family. Elizabeth did general office and bookkeeping work and Al eventually went on to become a school Principal. Elizabeth was known to friends and family as “Betty.” Betty and Al had two daughters, Patricia Ann and Diane Michele. Betty and Al regarded Diane’s husband Peter Arthur Kassebaum as their own “son.” Betty was always proud and supportive of her daughters Patricia and Diane; her grandchildren, Erik Kassebaum, Kevin Kassebaum and Neva Brinlee, and her great grandchild, Sofia Kassebaum. Betty and Al were at the center of the family for decades and frequently hosted family events at their home, which happens to be a historic landmark in Loomis. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Reinhold Albert Schweigert and also by her daughter, Diane Michele Kassebaum. Elizabeth’s daughter Patricia Volz lives in Fair Oaks. Elizabeth was exceptionally talented with quilting, needlepoint, knitting, stained glass and a variety of other types of arts and crafts. She was also quite handy in the garden and enjoyed cooking. To say that she was a voracious reader would be an understatement. Like her husband Al, Elizabeth was a lifelong learner and do-it-yourselfer and passed her love for learning and doing new things on to her extended family. The list of community organizations and events that Elizabeth participated in would be too numerous to list. However it should be noted that she would have celebrated her 50th year in Eastern Star in January of 2009 and that she had attained the position of Worthy Matron. The family appreciates the ways that Elizabeth’s friends helped during her time of need. Although Elizabeth did not want memorial or graveside services, it is clear that she would have appreciated how her friends have found ways to remember and honor her. Betty now rests for eternity with her husband Al, close to her daughter Diane, and in the company of other relatives, at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to entities that Elizabeth supported such as Shriners' Hospital, the Penryn Chapter of Eastern Star, Hospice, pet shelters, and public schools.