Betty Jane Tolpa
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Betty Jane Tolpa, 77, of New Hartford, passed away on September 4, 2013, at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.
Betty was born on October 23, 1935, in Utica, the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth (Zdanowicz) Oleksik. She graduated from New York Mills High School and continued her education at SUNY Cortland earning a degree in education. On August 11, 1957, Betty married Joseph Tolpa, a blessed union of 56 years. Betty retired from St. John the Evangelist School. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church and a member of the United Polka League where she served for 26 years as secretary.
Surviving besides her husband, Joe, are her children, William (Anna) Tolpa, Holland Patent, Kathleen (Rick) Purcell, Sauquoit, Karen (Steve) Vedete, New Hartford, Suzanne (Joseph) Hughes, New Hartford and Joseph, Jr. (Patricia) Tolpa, Horseheads; grandchildren, Billy, Jonathan, Jennifer, Daniel, Kristen, Michael (Pam), Matthew, Lauren, Kaitlyn, Rebecca, Alyssa and Joshua; great-grandchild, Leah; in-laws, Irene, Gene, Lillian and Ed; and many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home and 10 a.m. from Our Lady of the Rosary Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus & Casimir Cemetery, Whitesboro.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2013
Myslinski Funeral Home
470 French Rd Utica, NY 13502