SALAMANCA - Elizabeth J. ""Betty"" Elsen, 87, of Center Street, died Thursday morning (Nov. 8, 2012) at the Bradford Manor, Bradford, Pa., following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 5, 1925, in Salamanca, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Katherine Allen Ludwick. She was married April 8, 1946, to Mr. Thomas Elsen, who predeceased her May 1, 1994.
She was employed as the assistant district manager of the Deptartment of Agriculture FHA, Little Valley, prior to her retirement.
Mrs. Elsen was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, the Altar & Rosary Society, Elkdale Country Club, Newman's, and a founding member of Quadays, the Mr. & Mrs. Club. She was a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Bank and the Salamanca Public Library.
Surviving are three daughters, Elaine M. Elsen, Jean M. (Frank) Pascarella, both of Salamanca, and Kathleen M. Elsen Hobbs of Dunkirk; a son, Joseph T. (Damie) Elsen of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Gregory Spako of Olean, Julie (Coleman) Spako-McMurphy of Austin, Texas, Brian (Marie) Spako of Allegany, Anne Marie Spako of Austin, Texas, Andy J. Pascarella of Buffalo, Logan M. (Ashley) Pascarella of Nashville, Tenn., Brandon C. Hobbs of Pittsburgh, Pa., and James T. Elsen of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Juddson T. Spako of Allegany, Ethan McMurphy and August McMurphy, both of Austin, Texas; and nieces and nephews, Stephen (Virginia) Elsen of Ventura, Calif., David (Geri) Elsen of Ellicottville, Dan F. Elsen of Sausalito, Calif., and Mary Kay (Michael) Naimoli of Strafford, Pa.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 15, 2012) at Our Lady of Peace Parish with the Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salamanca Public Library, American Red Cross or Our Lady of Peace Church.
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