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Obituary for Betty Lou Heemsoth

Betty L. Heemsoth, 78, passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 in Fort Wayne, IN. She was born to her parents Robert and Miriam Krout on January 14, 1942 in Arlington, OH.

She grew up the eldest of five and attended Arlington High School. In 1960 she moved to Ft. Wayne to attend International Business College. She and her partner Stephen Horchem enjoyed the outdoors and spent weekends at their cabin on lake Papakeechie paddle boating, canoeing or kayaking. She retired from Phelps Dodge in 2016 and spent her retirement days being very active. She was an avid knitter and made beautiful sweaters, shawls and afghans for family and friends. She loved to garden and planted milkweed to attract monarch butterflies, allowing her to find and nurture their eggs into beautiful new butterflies. She enjoyed Silver Sneakers exercise classes at the YMCA and volunteered at Knitted Knockers and St. John the Baptist Helping Hands, where she made many wonderful new friends.

She is survived by her sons, Todd (Mary) Heemsoth of Elmhurst, IL and Blake Heemsoth of Bloomington, IN; her grandchildren, Ava, Hale, and Zane; her siblings, Jim (Judy) Krout of Williamstown, OH and Peggy Robidoux of Smithville, MO; her 11 nieces and nephews; and her loving dog Chase. She is preceded in death by her partner Stephen; her parents, Robert and Miriam; and her sisters, Jean Wells and Pat Worstine.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Knitted Knockers ( Arrangements have been entrusted to FairHaven Funeral and Cremation Services.