Elizabeth “Betty” Tankovich
July 10, 1941 ‒ September 06, 2016
Elizabeth “Betty” Tankovich, 75, of Delaware passed away early Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016 at the Sarah Moore Home.
She was born July 10, 1941 in Delaware to the late Roman and Hildegard (Dickman) Schnipke.
Betty graduated from St. Mary High School and attended St. Mary of the Springs in Columbus and later graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in teaching.
On July 6, 1963, Betty married the love of her life Anthony “Tony” Tankovich. They resided in Columbus for the first 5 years of marriage before moving to Delaware where they have lived ever since. Sadly, Tony passed away on May 21, 2015.
Betty worked as a substitute teacher, a preschool teacher at Storks Nest here in Delaware and was a committed and devoted stay-at-home mother. She was a devout Catholic and has been an active and devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware where she served in many capacities over her many years. She was active in Boy Scouts and served on the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Columbus. She was very interested and involved with theology, collecting things and she also loved to read, especially Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie. Betty, along with her husband, enjoyed trains as well. Many vacations were planned around trains and catholic churches. With her husband by her side, many trips were taken to the Marion train yards to watch trains go by for entertainment.
Left to cherish her memory are her four sons, Joe (Amy) of Longmont, Colorado, Bill (Stacy) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Frank and Paul both of Ostrander; four brothers, Jerry Schnipke of Ashley, Dennis Schnipke of Wooster, Larry Schnipke of Urbana and Charly Schnipke of Moneta; two sisters, Kitty Cottrill of Westerville and Ginny Roberts of Delaware; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers Philip and John Schnipke.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2 – 5 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a reception in the Snyder Rodman Community Room immediately following the burial.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.
The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Tankovich family.
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