Betty L. Venter
1928 - 2021
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Betty L. (Burns) Venter passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. She was born to Della (Huey) Burns and Carl Burns in Indiana, Pa., Aug. 25, 1928. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, of New Kensington, her parents, her sisters, Dottie, Susan and Peggy, brother-in law, Walter Stapleton, brother-in-law, Paul Lewis, and son-in-law, Eddie Ryland. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Ryland, Beverly (Mike) Moore, Billie (John) Hoag, Barbara (Glenn) Schweitzer, and son, William (Beth) Venter, along with her grandchildren, Mary (Jordan) Fenstemaker, Karen (Jordan) Anderson, Audrey, Jacob, Ryan, Joey, Evan and Chris, step-grandchildren, Eric and Valerie, and great-grandchildren, Alexis, Braedyn and Finnley. She is also survived by her brother, Bob (Judy) Burns, and sister, Geri Stapleton. Betty retired from AT&T having worked for Bell of Pennsylvania, Southwestern Bell, Chesapeake & Potomac, Ohio Bell and AT&T, accumulating 35 years of service. She was a member of the Wadsworth United Methodist Church and Telephone Pioneers of America. To honor Mom's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held later due to COVID. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to any of your favorite charities. Arrangements have been entrusted to COX-McNULTY FUNERAL HOME of Wadsworth. In her spare time, keeping up on current events was important to Betty and she maintained her newspaper subscriptions to stay on top of things. She was always looking for a good book to read and loved to share what she learned. She loved reading biographies. She also loved coordinating outfits with her large collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Over the last few years, she developed a passion for Bingo. She couldn't wait to collect her winnings in quarters so she could shop at the Concordia Bingo Store. She enjoyed shopping and finding bargains and often asked people who visited her if they could use one of the "treasures" she had purchased. She also had the privilege of traveling to Germany and wanted to travel abroad. Since she couldn't, friends and family would send post -cards from their world travels in which she found much joy. When Betty served as a telephone operator for Bell of Pennsylvania she enjoyed sharing the story of how she would connect calls on Saturday mornings between actor Jimmy Stewart and his parents, who resided in her hometown of Indiana. When family and friends would visit, there was great anticipation for playing a few lottery scratch off games and she looked forward to her visitors bringing tickets for her! Her sense of humor was clever and sassy and she liked to tell us "I'm 92 years old and can do what I want!" Betty missed her dearest friend, Liz Caretta, who went to be with the Lord in recent past. Betty, MOM, Grandma, Great Grandma and Friend will be dearly missed. We Love You, Mom. You are home.

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
I was one of the nurses who cared for Betty over the last couple years. But she was more than just a patient, she was like family. During Covid with minimal family visitation, I tried to be there like her own family would be. She started calling me daughter and I called her mom. While at work I made sure I spent time with her listening to stories, looking at old photos and talking about the craziness going on in the world today. In her last days she would repeat, "You know I love you right?" And I would say, "yeah, yeah, right back at you mom" Well I just wanna say, "I love you Betty, and you will be missed so very much".
Carla Monday
January 14, 2021
I was a nurse who cared for Betty these last 2 years, but she was more to me than just a patient. I loved her like she was family. In this past year dealing wirh Covid with minimal family visitation, she called me "daughter" and I called her "mom" because I tried to be there for her as her own daughter would. I made sure I blew her kisses everyday I was with her and extras before I took long breaks away. I made sure I spent time with her everyday I worked listening to stories, looking at old photos or just keeping her company as she ate her cookies and drank her milk before bed. In her final days, Betty told me she loved me many times over and always added, " I hope you believe me, because I really do and I miss you when you're not here" and I would say, " yeah, yeah, right back at you. Well, I just want to say, I really love you Betty, I really do and I'm going to miss you bunches lady.
Carla T Monday
January 13, 2021
Janet,Bev,Billie,Barb,and Wim I am sorry for the loss of your mom and know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.Where do I begin?I know the very first phone call after my mom died was from your mom who said "Angie I am so sorry, I loved your mom,I really did" and I said thank you Betty she loved you too and so do I.From our childhood the memories of whose porch are we going to sleep on or if we were lucky DeHass's camper it did not matter our parents knew we were safe because of who we were with.I remember my mom always saying if you want to know what is going on in the world just ask Betty.Their friendship was once in a lifetime and my mom said she wanted a sister and God gave her Betty.When your mom was still living on Humbolt and i made dinner for her my mom would say this is good bring some up to Betty while it is still warm, and I did.My mom would say come right back so we can eat dinner together.I never came back from your mom's house empty handed she always gave me something whether it was candy a donut or ham salad or a book or a newspaper.Heck she even sent me home with the dish the candy was in.From Super Bowl parties to phone conversations you all know they spoke of all of us and how proud they were of us along with "secrets" as my mom would say.My heart is so full of memories of them both and they are happy memories which help me on my bad days.Most recently i though about the time your mom and my mom decided on their monthly move nigh at our house they wanted to watch Brokeback Mountain so I rented it for them, made some snacks and of course had their popcorn without the hull and they watched the movie and when it ended your mom looked at my mom and said Liz what they won't put in movies these days and they both just laughed as only they together could do.I could go on and on as you all know I am a talker.I want to thank all of you for sharing your mom with me and between my mom and yours my life is and continues to be blessed with memories and wanting to be a better person every day.I tell my best friend that I pray to be the Liz to her Betty and you the Betty to my Liz.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and if you need anything I am here.
My love to all and God bless you.
Angie Carretta
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