ELIZABETH "BETTY" STITZEL - BURLINGTON - Elizabeth "Betty" Stitzel (nee Stevens) died peacefully in Burlington Jan. 2, 2013. She was born in Wysox Township, Pa., on June 22, 1923, moving a few years later to Camp Hill, Pa., where she met her future husband, Carl Stitzel, and graduated from Camp Hill High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa. In November 1945, she married Carl following his return from Europe where he had served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th Air Force. Betty and Carl had three children, Victor, who was killed while on active duty with the U.S. Army in Korea in 1973; Steven, who lives with his wife in Colchester; and Karen, who lives in Florida. Carl returned to fulltime active military duty as a pilot with the U.S. Air force in 1948. Until Carl's retirement in 1973, Betty and her family moved frequently around the United States; Betty reestablished the family's home at each new location. Following Carl's retirement, Betty and Carl lived in Florida enjoying frequent cruises and travel throughout the Caribbean, South America and Europe. Carl died in 2000, and four years later Betty moved to Burlington to be near Steven. As a resident of Cathedral Square she made many friends, including those at the nearby Hilton Hotel where she visited regularly each afternoon. Among the many things for which Betty will be remembered are her radiant smile and her love of her family. She is survived by her son, Steven; daughter, Karen; daughter-in-law, Patti Page; and two granddaughters, Dr. Shannon Stitzel, and Elizabeth Stitzel.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 7, 2013