Obit: Betty Shuger


Betty J. Shuger, 92, of Wilton, died on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Wilton Retirement Community.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. following the visitation.

Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton.

Serving as pallbearers will be Betty’s grandchildren: Jared Shuger, Greg Shuger, Ben Shuger, Stephanie (Shuger) Willey, Sara (Shuger) Fox, Ryan White, Samantha White and Alex White.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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Betty was born in Muscatine on Aug. 17, 1926 to Edward and Hazel (Caldwell) Cohen.

Betty graduated from Muscatine High School in 1944. She married Leo H. Shuger on June 4, 1950 in Muscatine. He preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2016.

She owned Betty’s Dance Studio in Muscatine and Wilton, where she taught tap, ballet, jazz and ballroom dancing. She also taught acrobatics.

She was instrumental in starting the HiLiters for the Wilton Dinner Theatre.

Betty was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton. She enjoyed sewing, cross-stitch and reading. She loved traveling and going out to eat.

Betty is survived by her children: Steve (Joanne) Shuger, Mike (Janice) Shuger and Lori (Tim) White, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, grandson Matthew Shuger and her brother Donald Cohen.