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Betty J. Pelka

1949 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Betty J. Pelka Obituary
March 28, 1949 - December 19, 2017 We lost our beloved Betty Jean (Hurley) Pelka (68 years-too-young), on December 19, 2017. She was not ill, however, passed away most unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep after a wonderful day with her family. Betty is survived by her loving husband, David Pelka, her loving son, Eric Pelka, his wife Nicole Seruto, their two daughters, Abigail (12) and Charlotte (7), her adoring daughter, Suzanne Pelka, and her two sons (with Shannon Herbert), Gabriel (5) and Lucas (3). Betty is survived by her mother, Helen Hurley (96) and predeceased by father, Larry Hurley. She leaves behind her sister, Sheila Ewin, and her two brothers Ken and Lee Hurley and many other dear relatives. Betty Jean was born on March 28th 1949 In Iowa City, Iowa. Her Navy family moved often but ultimately settled in Redlands, CA. She was a proud graduate of Redlands High School (1967). Betty met her true and life-long love, David, in Riverside while he was in graduate school at UCR getting his Ph.D. in Physics. Betty and David married in 1969 and ultimately settled into a long and happy life, living in the same wonderful home in Westchester for over 44 years, active parishioners of Visitation Church. Betty treasured her family and friends above all else in life. She loved being Suzanne and Eric's Mom and adored being an active grandmother ("Baba"). Betty and David were truly devoted to each other and shared 48 beautiful years together. They traveled the world and loved to take the entire family on fun trips. There wasn't a holiday that Betty didn't extensively decorate the house for for or fail to celebrate with just the right delicious meal and special drinks. If there was a party, Betty was there! She was always ready to have the most fun of anyone and was forever dressed to the nines! She loved dancing, jokes and laughter. She had a beautiful, easy belly laugh. She always had smiles in her eyes, a mega-watt radiant smile on her lips and was just so much FUN to be around. Betty was an incredible hostess and a gourmet cook. She honestly just loved taking care of everyone. If you were a loved one and in need, she'd take you in for months on end. She regularly fed all of the elderly neighbors on her block with delicious meals. A Navy brat as a child, she moved every 15 months with her parents and siblings. Thus keeping a stable physical family home was a huge priority for her. She certainly succeeded. Betty packed a ton of love and adventure into her 68 years. She loved going on trips with her best girlfriends, Sandy (Hauser) Richards, and Angele Hayashi. Her many close friends - from childhood, Y-wives, and from her long-time employment at Northrup Grumman - were all incredibly important to her. Betty Jean was even more beautiful, generous and loving on the inside than she was uncommonly gorgeous on the outside. Viewing at Douglass Mortuary 12/29, 6-8pm 500 E. Imperial Ave. El Segundo 90245. Memorial Service at Visitation Church TBA: https://wonderfullife.com/of/betty-pelka/ In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to https://www.thesoldiersproject.org/
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2017
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