Elizabeth Merritt

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June 9, 2012

Elizabeth J. (Betty) Merritt, 90, formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Wilkes-Barre and was a daughter of the late Peter and Mary Curry. Betty enjoyed doing many things throughout her life. The main goal in her life was taking care of her family. She always enjoyed hosting many gatherings for family and friends, some of which included her love of dance. She loved to volunteer her time at the VA Medical Center, Plains Township. She was very active in several local American Legion and V.F.W. posts and helped to organize their local Veterans Day parades. Betty was a member of the former St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Benjamin F. Ketcham; second husband; Edward J. Merritt; granddaughter, Mary Lynn Brown; sister, Nellie Fayad; brothers, Leo, Richard, Edward, Joseph, Louis, George and Anthony Curry. Nanny is survived by her daughter, Karen Brown and her husband, William; sons, Benjamin Ketcham and his wife, Harriet, Kenneth Ketcham and his wife, Joyce; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Ketcham, Ann Kotsko, Tracey Klepacz, Tricia Jumper, Michelle Moran, William Brown Jr. and Cindy Colcharno; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Bray, Virginia Curry and Janet Pugni; brother, John Curry; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. from the George A. Strish, Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish, Hanover Street, Nanticoke. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Family and friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Published in Times Leader on June 10, 2012
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