Bette A. Proleika

Bette A. Proleika, loving wife and mother, 78, a resident of Forty Fort, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012, in her residence, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Her loving husband is Edward (Ted) Proleika Jr. Together, Ted and Bette celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on April 23, 2012.

Born Sept. 12, 1934, in Exeter, Bette was the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha Paradauskas Teresavage.

Bette was a graduate of the former St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston.

A homemaker most of her life, Bette took great pride in tending to the daily needs of her home and family.

Bette was a faithful Catholic and longtime member of the former Holy Name/St. Mary's Parish Community, Swoyersville, where she held membership with her parish's Confraternity of Christian Mothers. Additionally, Bette was actively involved with her parish's annual bazaar.

Following the consolidation of her church in June, Bette became a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville.

During her younger years, Bette was a member of the former St. Casimir's Church, Pittston, where she was a member of the parish's sodality and choir.

A woman of many enjoyments, Bette especially enjoyed cooking and canning for her family, gardening around her home, sitting on her deck and watching mystery shows.

In her earlier years, Bette was an accomplished bowler, receiving many trophies for her excellence in the sport.

Family was the most important thing to Bette and she treasured each moment she had with her loved ones. She always held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and they were truly the light of her life.

Ted and Bette were true soul mates and, as many know, they often referred to each other as Ralph and Alice from the television show "The Honeymooners."

Bette will forever be remembered as a selfless, giving and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her presence will be deeply missed but her beautiful spirit will live on forever in the hearts of her loved ones.

Bette battled with cancer three times during her life. Throughout each of her struggles, she always remained strong, courageous and true to her faith. Her final battle with cancer was made much easier thanks to the compassionate and gentle care of Dr. William Boyle and also the nurses and staff of Manorcare Health Services, Kingston, and Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Kingston.

In addition to her parents, Joseph and Martha Teresavage, Bette was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Teresavage; her sisters, Margaret Teresavage, Julia Young and Jenny Rock; and her loving and faithful dog, Taffy.

In addition to her loving husband, Ted, Bette is survived by her son, Edward (Ted) Proleika III and his wife, Carol, West Nanticoke; her daughter, Julianne Astolfi and her husband, Dean, Exeter; her grandchildren, Olivia Astolfi, Nathan Proleika, Gabriella Proleika and Jonah Astolfi; her sisters, Mary Hyzinski, Exeter; and Terry Lavage, Margate, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many beloved friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, her pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The Confraternity of Christian Women of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will recite the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For additional information, or to send the Proleika family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website,

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bette's memory to the , Attention: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-3039.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2012