HARDYSTON - Betty J. Van Tassel, 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Barn Hill Care Center in Newton. Born in Warwick, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Emmett N. and Eva May (Decker) Cooper Sr. Betty had been a longtime resident of Sussex County.
For 28 years she was employed as a senior secretary in the guidance office at Wallkill Valley Regional High School in Hardyston, retiring from that position in 2010. When not working and caring for her family she was a faithful follower of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and Notre Dame Football. She was a graduate of Warwick High School Class of 1957. She also was a longtime member of the Franklin First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, John and Emmett Cooper Jr.; and a sister, Dorothy Couser. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Miles T. Van Tassel Jr., of Hardyston; a son, Miles Van Tassel III and his wife, Laurie, of Vernon; daughters, Lori Van Tassel and her fiancé, Wayne, of Wantage, and Susan Olsen and her husband, James, of Lafayette. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren, Alyssa and Erin Van Tassel and Taylor and Ryan Olsen; along with her sisters, Christine Cooper of Goshen, N.Y., Shirley Cooper of Warwick, N.Y. and Ethel Brischler of Tennessee.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin. Interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 17. For directions and to offer online condolences, please go to fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com