John A. Betsch (1937 - 2014)

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John A. Betsch

AGE: 76 • Hockessin

John Anthony Betsch died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 14, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY to John Betsch and Ellen Dahlem (nee). After graduating from Maxwell High School, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served for four years. He married his spouse of 52 years, Rita Jane Forsyth. Shortly thereafter he joined the New York City Police Department, largely at the 120 Precinct. Upon retiring from law enforcement, he worked for JP Morgan for 19 years in downtown New York City and Delaware, where he relocated in 1985.

In his free time he enjoyed taking walks, listening to contemporary and classical music, as well as spending time with his family. He would often take trips with his wife to the Eastern Seashores.

In addition to his wife, Rita, surviving are his children, Marianne Rosson (Michael), Claudine Smith (Darren) and John Betsch (Jennifer); his grandchildren, Kellyann, Rachel, Jack, William, Emma, and Olivia, and his sister, Carol Martinez (Sergio).

Family and friends may visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808 on Monday, May 12, from 6 to 8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707 on Tuesday, May 13, at 10am. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of John may be made to the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713.

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 999-8277
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Published in The News Journal from May 10 to May 12, 2014
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