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Nancy Joanne Betz


April 22, 2019


Nancy Joanne Betz, 84, of Danville, PA and formerly of Elysburg PA entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior and reunited with the love of her life on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Emmanuel Nursing Center in Danville PA.  She was born July 15, 1934 in Danville PA the daughter of the late Ralph and Helen D. Ranck Hill.

She graduated from Shamokin High School.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 57 years, Freeman H. Betz whom she married March 19, 1955.

In her earlier years, Nancy was employed by the Shamokin School District as secretary for the Guidance Department, for the school nurse, and later as the bookkeeper. When her children were born, she devoted herself to making a home for her husband and children.   She worked at Geisinger Medical Center as a receptionist in the Emergency Department from 1972 – 1979 and then as a Patient Representative until 1995, from where she retired.

She was a member of Elysburg Presbyterian Church where she was very active serving people.  She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Danville/Tri-County After 5 Club where she served as Prayer Advisor along with many other positions.

Nancy was an avid reader and loved birdwatching.  Nancy leaves behind a legacy of loving God, loving her family dearly, and loving and serving people in any way she could throughout her life.  The greatest joy she had in life was when she was with her children and her grandchildren whom she adored.  She will be greatly missed by them all.

She is survived by two sons; Chris Betz of Lansdowne VA and Carl A. Betz and his wife Donna of Danville PA; two daughters; the Reverend Allyson J. Estes and her husband Tracy of Asbury NJ and Lee A. Gordner and her husband Jeff of Bloomsburg PA.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; Megan and her husband Jonathan Trenary; Kelsey Betz and her husband James Naples; Derek Betz; all of Virginia; Myleah, Miles and Clara Estes of New Jersey; Samuel and  his wife Alicia of Montoursville PA; Kendra Gallagher and her husband Corey of Lewisburg PA; Morgan Betz and her fiancé Aaron Clemons of Damascus Maryland and Lydia Gordner of Bloomsburg PA; two step-grandchildren, Jeremy Gordner and his companion Julianne Gay of Millville PA and Jered Gordner and his wife Kristey of Marietta PA;  three great-grandchildren; Aidan, Emelia and Isabelle Betz and one step-great-grandson, Emmett Gordner as well as twin girls on the way in June and one other in August. She is also survived by two nieces.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph “Ted” Hill and one sister, Dorothy Jane Hill Neely.

Per Nancy’s request, a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of her family at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elysburg Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund 320 West Valley Avenue Elysburg PA  17824.

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


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