Betty Jean Berkstresser

February 23, 2016

Berkstresser, Betty Obituary

Betty Jean Berkstresser, 85, Little Egypt Road, Harrisonville, PA died at 4:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA.

Born December 15, 1930 at Needmore, PA, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Carrie Leona (Strait) Mellott.  She was married to Ralph E. Berkstresser, Jr.  Mr. Berkstresser preceded in death on September 3, 1981.

She is survived by three children:  Brenda Hardwig and husband Michael, Rockwood, PA; Stephen Berkstresser and wife Tina, Waterfall, PA; and Christine Horton and husband Gary, McConnellsburg, PA.  A son Ralph Berkstresser III is deceased.

There are 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

A sister Ruth DuVall survives of Apache Junction, AZ.  Four brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Mrs. Berkstresser was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, Harrisonville, PA.  She was a member of the church choir and was a longtime community 4-H leader.

She retired in 1996 from the Forbes Road School District where she had worked in the cafeteria for 30 years.  She had worked at both the Fort Littleton and Wells-Taylor Elementary schools.

Mrs. Berkstresser was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker.  Though she had many heartaches in her lifetime, she always persevered.  She took pride in all that she did.  She was a fine seamstress.  As a young mother, she made many of her children’s clothes and later dresses for her granddaughters.  She took blue ribbons and best of show for her quilts at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  Her canning shelves were always overflowing and her baked goods passed throughout the neighborhood.  Betty had a love for the outdoors.  She was an avid hiker, hunter, and fisherman.  In her later years, she enjoyed traveling throughout the states and toured many foreign countries.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Fairview United Methodist Church, 2288 North Hess Road, Harrisonville, PA with Rev. Jay Saxe and Pastor Jean Swett officiating.  Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the M. R. Brown Funeral Home, 301 Pitt Street, Hustontown, PA from 6—8:00 PM on Saturday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday.




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February 27, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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M. R. Brown Funeral Home

301 Pitt Street
Hustontown, PA 17229
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February 28, 2016
1:00 p.m.

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Fairview United Methodist Church

2288 North Hess Road
Harrisonville, PA 17228
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February 28, 2016

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Fairview Cemetery

Harrisonville, PA 17228


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