Betty Lou Swentzel, 96, of Frankfort, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at Wesley Manor in Frankfort. She was born in Gary on Nov. 26, 1923 to Phillip Henry and Laura Elizabeth (Bell) Swentzel.

Betty Lou moved to Frankfort in 1988 and previously lived in East Chicago and Highland. She graduated from Washington High School in East Chicago. Betty Lou obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in the musicology department. For many years, she taught in the public school system as well as being a music lecturer. Betty Lou was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church and was the organist and symphony director for many years. She was also a member of American Guild of Organists, Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and a former member of Tri Kappa and Hobart United Methodist Church where she had been the music director as well.