Madison – Betty J. Schwarz passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 with her family by her side.

She was born on April 23, 1926 in Beloit to Chester P. and Helen E. (Hare) DeHaven.

Her family moved to Madison when she was 12 and she attended Madison Central High School where she graduated in 1944.

She was united in marriage to James A. Schwarz on October 25, 1947 at Holy Redeemer Church and he preceded her in death on July 10, 2008. Jim and Betty resided in Madison where they raised eight children.

She was past secretary for the Madison Policeman’s Auxiliary and had worked part time at Scheib Reality. For the past few years Betty has resided at the Arbors at Oak Park and then in the Oak Park Assisted Living.

She was a charter member of St. Dennis Catholic Church in Madison.

Betty is survived by her seven children, Michael Schwarz of Poynette, Stephen (Marilyn) Schwarz of Poynette, Joseph (Michele) Schwarz of Prairie Du Sac, Kathleen Sauer of Monona, John Schwarz of Poynette, Jeffrey (Laura) Schwarz of Sun Prairie, and Gregory (Lori) Schwarz of Sun Prairie; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her sister Beatrice (Marvin) Fruth of Monona; brother-in-law Charles Reithmeyer of Monona; sister-in-law Mary DeHaven of New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband James A. Schwarz, son James A. Schwarz, Jr., her brother William DeHaven, her sister Patricia (Charles) Reithmeyer, and her infant sister Gloria.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 413 Dempsey Road, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens.

A special thank you to the staff and residents of Oak Park Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing, especially Cricket, Bobbi and the nursing and direct care staff, all the doctors and nursing staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and the support of Agrace HospiceCare for all their support and caring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food bank of Southern Wisconsin, 2802 Dairy Drive Madison, WI 53718.