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Betty E. Gatski


October 16, 2019


Betty E. Gatski, 98, of Danville, PA passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Emmanuel Center in Danville PA.  She was born December 18, 1920 in Williamsport PA the daughter of the late Charles B. and Gertrude Rogers Carey.

At the age of seven, the family moved to Montgomery where she graduated from the Montgomery Clinton High School.  In 1938 she entered the Danville State Hospital Nursing School.  She spent 1939-1940 at Philadelphia General Hospital and then returned to Danville State Hospital in 1940 and graduated in 1941.

She married a fellow student and nurse Robert L. Gatski on June 29, 1942.  From 1944 to 1948, while he was attending Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, she taught Gym at the State Industrial Home (a women’s prison) in Muncy PA for two years.  She was also employed as Night Supervisor at New Jersey State Hospital in Trenton NJ.  After a year in Lancaster where her husband spent his internship, they returned to Danville PA in 1949 where they lived for the rest of their lives.

She was married for 57 years to Robert L. Gatski, MD, who preceded her in death on November 28, 1999.   

Betty was a member of the Montour County Medical Society, serving as President in 1951.  She was active in the PTA from 1950 – 1971. 

A spirited lady, Betty enjoyed fishing in Canada, playing Bridge, gambling, painting, swimming and walking. She also enjoyed traveling with husband after he retired.  She will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren, all of whom she adored. 

She is survived by three sons; Robert L. Gatski, Jr., Charles P. Gatski and his wife Roberta and Mark J. Gatski and his wife Catherine Nicolardi; all of Danville PA and one daughter, Marsha E. Faulkner and her husband Tim of Ithaca, NY and Kyle, TX.

Also surviving are four grandchildren; Megan Gatski and her husband Nathan Ivey, Jenna Einstein and her husband, Matt, Kimberly Faulkner Riley and her husband Scott and Matt Faulkner and four great-grandchildren, Erin, Jack, Andrew and Stella.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by Raymond E. Rogers, a family cousin who was raised as her brother.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.  Betty wanted to thank the staff and her many friends at The Meadows and the Emmanuel Nursing Center for all of their kindnesses.

In memory of Betty, donations may be made to the Robert L. Gatski, M.D. and Betty E. Gatski, Healthcare Profession Scholarship Fund of the Danville Area Community Foundation, payable to Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF), memo line: Robert L. Gatski, M.D., and Betty E. Gatski and mailed to CSCF, 725 W. Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603. Online donations can be made to Robert L. Gatski, M.D. and Betty E. Gatski Healthcare Profession Scholarship Fund at csgiving.org, click on donate, and search Gatski.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com

 


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