Betsy Hetzel
Koch Funeral Home - State College
2401 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Betsy Shelly Hetzel Betsy Shelly Hetzel, age 76, formerly of Reading, PA, Progress/ Harrisburg, PA, and Pasadena, MD, returned home to State College, PA, March 2013 and died June 22, 2017, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, PA. Betsy was born in Reading, PA, and raised in Reading and Harrisburg, PA. She was a 1958 graduate of Susquehanna Township High School (Harrisburg, PA) and Gettysburg College, class of 1962 (Gettysburg, PA), where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority; she was awarded The Order of the Rose for 50-year membership. Gettysburg College meant a lot to her, a proud alumna, and she was the 1962 Class Correspondent for Gettysburg, the alumni magazine, a "job" which she loved. She was also a contributing member of The Cupola Society of donors to the college. Betsy moved to State College in 1963, was blessed with two children and started teaching English for the State College Area School District at Park Forest Junior High School. She served as Department Chairperson and as Interdisciplinary Team Leader; she retired in 1992 when she moved to Maryland. In Maryland she was a member of the American Association of University Women, tutored at Sylvan Learning Center, was an active member of Book Women, and enjoyed several women's social groups. She returned to State College in March 2013. She joined OLLI, a Penn State life-long learning organization, and Women's Welcome Wagon Lunch Bunch. Betsy loved her retired teachers' book group, and participated in many retired teacher social activities, such as movie and dinner every weekend and Mexican Train Dominoes twice a month, as well as enjoying State College's many cultural activities. She loved live theater, spent 10 seasons at The Stratford Theatre Festival, and was well traveled both in the U.S. and abroad. She was predeceased by her parents Helen and Clare Shelly and husband Larry Hetzel. Her children and grandchildren were the delights of her life; she loved their 15th birthday trips! She is survived by her daughter Pamela K. Graci, Port Matilda, PA; her son Jeffrey M. Graci and daughter-in-law Karen T. Graci, Charlotte, NC; step daughter and husband Raelani and Russell Marton, Houston, TX; and grandchildren Taylor M. Grossmann, Alden Marton, Heather Graci, Amber Graci, Skylar Hetzel and Hunter Hetzel. She is also survived by a cousin, James Borrell, and his family of Reading, PA. A Celebration of her Life for family and friends will be held at The Nittany Lion Inn on Friday, June 30, at 2 pm, and a private burial will be held at Laureldale Cemetery, Reading, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to State College PAWS, 1401 Trout Road, State College, PA 16801, but she would be happiest if an act of kindness were performed in her memory. Koch Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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Published by Centre Daily Times on Jun. 27, 2017.
Celebration of Life
The Nittany Lion Inn
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Betsy, I am going to miss your annual Christmas cards and your questions in our group reads on Goodreads. You referred many books to me and I thank you for that. My daughter will never meet the person that I considered a friend when she is up at State College for school. You will be missed.
Chris French
July 7, 2017
Betsy, I am truly going to miss you and the Christmas cards and the post cards when you were out of town. You were such a good book friend, GoodReads is really going to miss you. I am truly going to miss you. You have earned your wings........Stephanie
Stephanie Perkins
July 7, 2017
My condolences goes to the family of Betsy. Losing a loved one in death is one of the most tragic experiences we face as humans. May the memories you have bring you comfort as our loving God will give you the courage to endure in the days ahead. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

June 30, 2017
Betsy certainly enjoyed life and contributed greatly to lives of others.
Ecc. 3:12
June 28, 2017
Pam & Family, Wishing you and your family strength and peace. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You have my condolences.
Marge Bowman
June 27, 2017
Dear Sister-in-Law,

As difficult as it is to say good-bye, my heart sings when I realize you are now at home with God and your beloved Lawrence Robert. All pain and tears are gone and the bliss is just beginning . . ..

I love you and cherish the memories.

Donna Hetzel
Donna Hetzel
June 27, 2017
Rest In God's Loving Arms, Betsy. I'm glad that I met you.
Curtis Frantz
June 27, 2017