Elizabeth R. Rupp

COAL TOWNSHIP — Elizabeth R. "Betty" Rupp, 87, of 1604 W. Holly St., passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a guest for the past 10 months.

Born July 5, 1925, in Coal Township, she was a daughter of the late Mauro and Rose (Stanker) Checchi. She was a lifelong resident of the Shamokin-Coal Township area.

Betty was a 1943 graduate of Coal Township High School.

On July 2, 1947, in St. Joseph Church, Coal Township, she married George E. Rupp, who preceded her in death on June 10, 1983.

She was employed by the Shamokin Area School District as a cafeteria helper until her retirement.

She was a member of the former St. Joseph Church, now Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township, and the Shamokin-Coal Township Senior Action Center. She enjoyed baking and loved to crochet.

Surviving are her daughter, Janice Kotwica and her husband, Edward, of Shamokin; her son, Jeffrey G. Rupp, of Coal Township; a granddaughter, Kimberly Kotwica, of Maryland; a sister, Adeline "Addy" Talisesky, of Coal Township; two brothers, Joseph Checchi, of Shamokin, and James Checchi and his wife, Vera, of Rochester, N.Y.; her in-laws, Gertrude "Trudy" Rupp, of Manassas, Va., and Virginia "Jean" Checchi, of Shamokin, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James; five sisters, Anna Smeltzer, Marie Dinger, Stella Weaver, Emma Tharp and Dorothy Rickert, and a brother, Maura "Bush" Checchi.

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RUPP — Elizabeth R. "Betty" Rupp, 87, of 1604 W. Holly St., Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a Christian vigil service at 5 p.m., and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin, Leonard J. Lucas Jr., supervisor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township.

Funeral Home

Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home
120 S. Market St. Shamokin, PA 17872
(570) 644-0417

Published in The News Item on May 21, 2013