Elizabeth M. “Liz” Schwennen Barnes

Elizabeth “Liz” Schwennen Barnes, 66, of Britt passed away Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Liz, the daughter of August and Neva (Brass) Alt, was born February 17, 1935, in Iowa Falls.  She attended the Iowa Falls schools and graduated from Iowa Falls High School.

She was united in marriage with John G. Schwennen, Jr. on June 30, 1953 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  While John served in the U.S. Army in Korea, Liz made her home in Iowa Falls.  Following his discharge, the couple made their home on a farm near Aredale.  John passed away in 1982.

Liz moved to Mason City in 1987, and later to Dumont where she was employed at the Dumont Care Center for 3 years.  On June 1, 1991, she was united in marriage with Raymond Barnes at Aredale, Iowa.  The couple made their home in Britt.  Liz was employed with Westview Care Center in Britt for the past 8 years.

Liz was a member of the First Lutheran Church and served on the church board for 2 terms.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Britt Lioness.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in various activities, gardening, quilting and golfing.  Liz was a guest speaker at various organizations with her “Aprons of Love” program.  A program she developed that was related to various Bible scriptures.

Liz is survived by her husband, Ray Barnes of Britt; her children Rick Schwennen and his wife, Linda of Grand Mound, John Schwennen and his wife, Mary of Parkersburg, and Sandy Gutting and her husband, Phil of Mason City; nine grandchildren, her mother, Neva Alt of Iowa Falls; one sister Shirley Lyman of Wilton; one brother Harold Alt and his wife of Carol of Mason City.

She was preceded in death by her father, and first husband, John G. Schwennen, Jr.



Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Where: First Lutheran Church – Britt
70 5th Avenue North West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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