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Nancy Betza Obituary
Beloved Mother of Eileen Romeo and Lillian Plonski

Nancy Betza, age 92, of Erie, Pa., passed away on Monday, March 19th, 2018, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 30th, 1925, in the small town of Janesville (Smithmill), Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Metro and Kathryn (Kolesar) Betza.

At a young age, Nancy moved to New York City to help support her family back home in Janesville. She worked as a nanny, a diamond cutter in the Diamond District, and later as a telephone operator at Bell Telephone Company. She eventually returned to Janesville to be with her family. On August 6, 1949, she wed WWII veteran George Betza also of Smithmill, Pa. Shortly after marriage, George and Nancy moved to Erie. They were blessed with two daughters. Nancy was a devoted homemaker. She became an active volunteer at St. Mary's School and later worked at St. Mary's Bingo. Nancy belonged to Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Erie. She was a member of the choir, the Altar Society, and the church baking group.

Married for 60 years, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband George, her brothers: Stanley, Frank, Michael, John, Charles, and George, and her sisters: Mary Betza, Helene Gallagher, and Ann Maschack.

She is survived by her loving daughters: Eileen Romeo and husband, Frank and Lillian Plonski and husband, Robert, her beloved grandchildren: Michael Romeo and wife, Dawn, Philip Romeo and wife, Danielle, and Nancy Romeo and fiancé, Michael McMahan, David Plonski, Emily Plonski (Sean Spangler), and Nicholas Plonski, and her beloved great-grandchildren: Gino and Gianna Romeo, George Romeo, and Asher and Cora Plonski. Also surviving is sister-in-law Veronica Betza Silay and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for her. A special thank you goes to Kate and Diane of VNA Hospice for their loving care and compassion, as it was very much appreciated. She will be forever loved and her memory will be eternal.

"Love you more."

Friends may call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Boulevard, on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Parastas service will begin at 8 p.m. Prayers for the Deceased will be held there on Monday at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 3415 Wallace Street, Erie, Pa. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2018
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