July 11, 1934 - August 23, 2021
Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, RN; PhD; FAAN, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Monday, August 23, 2021 at her home in Newburgh, IN. She was 87 and is survived by her five children born in six years (1954-1960): Joseph B. Shetler II, Jeffrey F. Shetler, Sr., Paula Grace, Pamela Martha Temple, and Scott D. Shetler, her 15 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She was married to Joseph B. Shetler, Jr. for 21 years and after 21 years, the marriage ended in divorce. She was the daughter of Paul E. Barrett and Leslie Jane Manhart Barrett, and Goddaughter of Francis J. Fridy and Grace Manhart Fridy. Following a tragic auto accident when her mother, Leslie Jane (38), and sister, Paula Jane (5), did not survive and her father spent several years hospitalized recovering from burns. Elizabeth moved from Hume, IL, to live with her Godparents in Evansville, IN. She had been thrown out of the car and escaped serious physical injury. She became the child her aunt and uncle Godparents had always wanted and never had and Elizabeth Ann was grateful to be loved by them as well as by her four Barrett and Manhart grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She remembered her years with her parents and sister as filled with laughter, lessons in honesty and obedience, fun, love of family, and a foundation in the Catholic faith that remained through her life. She has memories of feeling grown-up when walking to visit her dad who was working in the local Bank. As a first grader she walked to the bank at lunch-time and then to the local diner where lunch was arranged for her and after she finished lunch she was rewarded with an ice cream cone. Many days she wrapped left over lunch and placed it carefully on the floor of the booth where she was sitting and collected her ice cream cone. Many times she talked about her mother taking her to school in the one-room schoolhouse located in the middle of a corn field where her mother taught grammar school to "all grades that students needed". She had her own desk with crayons, books, pencils, and paper. She was 4 and 5 and couldn't read, but that didn't matter. Paula Jane stayed with Aunt Margaret in a nearby town and was picked up to come home for weekends. In the schoolhouse, there was a big potbelly stove for heating the room and where Mother would heat up soup to add something hot to what was in their lunch boxes. The students would wash the dishes in a small sink in the rear of the room. Her favorite time was when her mother brought all the girls home for the weekend. They pulled homemade taffy in the kitchen and played practical jokes on her father. Incidentally, in Hume, with its 450 residents who mostly lived on farms, Kindergarten was not offered in the school. The schoolhouse experience may be what accounted for her passionate love of learning and teaching. Elizabeth Ann was sad and lonely for her former life; she changed into a quiet, submissive child. In the first years in a new school in Evansville, she was loved and cared for by the Sisters of St. Benedict. Yet, her identity was later further robbed by a well-meaning Catholic nun in grade school who began calling her Betty, so the children would stop teasing her about being "lizzie the lizard." Elizabeth didn't have the courage to object and "Betty" stuck to her like glue. Even now, that is what some people in Indiana still call her. She preferred Elizabeth or Elizabeth Ann, her birth name. She was named after her mother's twin sister, Elizabeth Ann Manhart Krauss. When Elizabeth was 12 her father married Evelyn Strurek, whom he met while hospitalized, and soon she was blessed with three half-siblings who have survived her: Patricia Barrett Kelley, Catherine Barrett McAllister, and Timothy Barrett. The father passed on at 52 in 1959 after multiple heart attacks over the years. Following 12 years as the proud stay at home mother of five children, a wife, and homemaker, the family returned to Evansville, IN after living seven years in Elmhurst, IL. Her youngest child, Scott, was entering first grade. Suddenly, she realized she could return to University of Evansville (UE) and pursue her dream of a college education-a dream that emerged when she was at Reitz Memorial High School. Like her mother, a feminist, she wanted to help people who were suffering, especially those who were less privileged and struggling. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), summa cum laude. She continued as a part-time student at UE while working full time, and eventually earned an MA in education with a major in psychology and later a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Elizabeth taught psychiatric nursing at UE and worked as a psychiatric nurse in the "acutely disturbed unit" at Welborn Baptist Hospital. With only Scott still in high school, Paula and Pamela in college, and Joe, a senior at Indiana University who graduated with a business administration degree in May of 1976, Elizabeth moved to Greenwich Village in New York City in 1976, began doctoral study at New York University, and worked as a psychiatric float charge nurse from 3:30 to midnight at Bellevue Hospital Center, fulfilling another dream. At that time being a psychiatric nurse at Bellevue Psychiatry was considered the greatest challenge with the greatest reward. Indeed, it was, and maybe her favorite position. Eventually Paula and Pamela, who also fell in love with NYC, moved back home with Mom" and went to college in the city. Scott graduated from Elizabeth Seeger High School in Manhattan, spent nine summers at Camp Ondesonk in IL, finally in charge of food service for 500 campers, and then majored in Hotel Management and graduated from Sullivan County Community College in upstate New York. Meanwhile, Paula graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) and later earned her master's degree in social work (LCSW) at the University of Maryland, Pamela continued at Hunter College, and Jeff graduated from Indiana State University in Evansville, IN. Those years were a busy, difficult, fun, and special time for our family. Later Paula graduated from Catholic University of America with a master's degree in Clinical Social Work. As a LCSW psychotherapist, she has had a career in private practice and later as a psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente. During seven years before she graduated at NYU with a PhD in Nursing Science, with a major in Theory Development and Research, Elizabeth had various jobs. After Bellevue she taught research at Adelphi University, and Psychiatric Clinical Experience at City University of New York (CUNY). Following graduation she was an Assistant Director of Nursing at The Mount Sinai Hospital for five years and then returned to academia at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (CUNY) where she held several positions, including three years as Director of the Graduate Program and later four years as the Coordinator of the Center for Nursing Research. In 1980 Elizabeth realized another dream. She opened a part-time private practice in Health Patterning, an alternative form of psychotherapy she created to guide people in making the changes they wanted to make. She was a licensed psychotherapist in the state of New York, as well as a Professional Registered Nurse in Indiana. She graduated from the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy. Later in 2001, she expanded her private practice to full-time after she left academia as Professor Emerita from Hunter College Germany. She edited or coedited four books, including Rogers’ Science-Based Nursing, that was selected by the American Medical Journal of Nursing as a Book of the Year Award. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 with a Memorial Service held at 7:00 p.m. at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 625 Frame Rd., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Father Claude Burns officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Society of Rogerian Scholars (SRS), in care of Tina Reinckens, RN, PhD, 7060 Bay woods Lake Court #101, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.
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