Elizabeth “Betty” Tankovich

July 10, 1941 ‒ September 06, 2016

Delaware, Ohio


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.

Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • I am so very sorry about the loss of Aunt Betty. She was a kind and gentle spirited person that will be greatly missed.

  • I truly love my cousin Betty. Some of my fairest memories are visiting with her and Tony when the boys were quite young! I recall her confidence and friendliness toward her daily routine. I remember the McDonald’s that was within walking distance of her house — it was a real treat for us kids! As time went by, we seen each other at family reunions (which she was always present!) but often did not have enough time to catch up on our lives. With Tony’s passing, I had thought we could find more time to spend together and reminisce; however God’s plan will forever be done… Our deepest sympathy to you all…mm
    Until we meet again Betty … I’m trying hard to live a life of no regrets, a trait I acquired from you!

  • So sorry for your loss, Ginny and Jerry. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a sister. You have my sincere sympathy. It sounds like she was a wonderful person!

  • Whenever I think of Betty, I think of Tony. They were like a one piece unit. Always supportive of anything going on at St. Mary’s. Found such joy in every little thing. They were so proud of their sons. So strong in their faith. During the deaths of my mother and husband, their quiet strength was so helpful.I’m thankful for having known them. Blessings and prayers for their family.

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing,she was the best teacher both during sunday school and for my 1st communion at St.Mary’s Church. I’ll never forget her and Tony for the wonderful things they did. She was a superb person,at times,I felt like I was related to her as well. May she rest in peace with Tony and all her loved ones,including her siblings and parents. I’ll miss her a lot.

  • Dear family,
    So many memories of scouting days. Roundtable and day camp planning were fun with Betty around. My condolences to you.