Elizabeth Catherine "Betty" Kodis (1922 - 2017)

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Elizabeth Catherine Kodis, 94, better known as Betty, passed away at her home in White Rock Friday, March 10th with three of her daughters at her side. Betty was born to Ruth and Peter Plantes in Wilkins Township, Pennsylvania on November 30, 1922. She was a tiny, sickly baby who nevertheless outlived her beloved older brothers, Frank and Bill Plantes, both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John Kodis (White Rock, 1998). She is survived by her six children, John Kodis, Susan Duval, Betsy Brohl, Ruth Wojciak, Mary Kodis and Theresa Kodis; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Betty attended Saint Coleman's Elementary School (National Historic Site Registry) in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania. Her remembrance of those years was of the torturous journey descending into a steep decline and then lumbering up an equally steep incline on the daily walk to school. She graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1940 and matriculated to Mount Mercy College (Pittsburgh, PA.), graduating with a chemistry degree in 1944. After college she did research at the Mellon Institute Laboratory. Betty recalled fondly this was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of her life.
Betty, a first generation American, whose parents hailed form Lithuania happen to meet up with a young major in the US Army with a similar background, John Kodis of Youngstown, Ohio. The romance bloomed into marriage in 1945, performed at the Chapel in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. At the end of World War II this Air Force Officer's wife began an odyssey of 11 different moves, seven pregnancies and Motherhood. Pennsylvania, California, New York, Ohio, Maryland, England, Germany and Alabama all were called home before the family landed in Albuquerque for nine consecutive years. Betty managed these many moves while mothering six children with grace and love. When the Pentagon came calling, Betty and family spent their last military assignment in Virginia. In 1969, Betty and John settled in White Rock enjoying a happy retirement.
A rosary was said on Monday, March 13, 2017 at St. Joseph's in White Rock at 7:00 PM. Mass will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Alamos at 11:00 AM. A reception follows immediately afterwards in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for use by the Catholic Concern Committee to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Mar. 15, 2017