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Elizabeth (Betty) Pearsall, 67

February 28, 2019

Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Pearsall, 68, of Warwick Twp., died peacefully surrounded by family on February 28, 2019, after a battle with cancer. Originally from West Babylon, Betty was the beloved wife of John Pearsall; mother and best friend of her daughter Megan (Pearsall Roth) Kauffman (David) of Lititz, and loving grandmother to Taylor Elizabeth and Kylie Ann Roth.

Betty is survived by sisters Barbara Jean (Wanner) Boltrek-Kolb of Manheim, and Regina Kuhl (Richard) of East Lansing, MI; brother, William Boltrek (Sheila) of Lehigh Acres, FL; brother-in-law, Robert Boltrek-Goodhart of Wilmington, DE; and many loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Jane Marie (Watson) Boltrek, a brother, Michael Boltrek, and niece, Jane Boltrek.

In addition, and special to Betty, is her very close step-family. Surviving are her step-sisters, Eileen (McCloat) VanGelder of Southold, NY, Patty (McCloat) Modica (Joe) of Smithtown, NY, and step-brother Peter McCloat (Lynn) of Hauppauge, NY, and loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces/nephews. She was predeceased by her late step-mother, Rhoda Trainer (McCloat, Boltrek) Wheaton, sister, Joan (McCloat) Dearborn, and brother-in-law Skip VanGelder.

Betty valued people first. Adult life started with a sighting on the football field in high school. John, the love of her life, brought levity into her otherwise focused and responsible mindset. They enjoyed friendships and extended family time, often hosting parties. The Lititz Craft Show Party was always a blast with continual laughter. Betty’s laugh was infectious.

Betty’s favorite place was the beach. She dug her feet into the sand from Rockaway Beach in NY to the beaches in FL. Having a friend with her provided time to chat between their pages of romance novels.

The birth of their daughter was ‘happy tearful’ which continued through birthdays and holidays. Megan was Betty’s doll; always dressed perfectly; some would say the most beautiful little girl in town. They enjoyed day trips to parks, museums, the boardwalk and lounging in the sun in the family pool. Holidays were celebrated with family and friends who were considered family.

Betty exuded love with the birth of her granddaughters. She and John were always available for whatever their needs. Betty wanted them to understand the past. For example, Taylor and Kylie played with the family China and sometimes had afternoon tea! Betty would say “If something gets broken, so be it; they will understand the beautiful things from the past!”

Other than making Dinty Moore beef stew once, there wasn’t much Betty couldn’t do in the homemaking department. She had a good eye for color and wasn’t averse to picking up a ladder and paint cans. Her natural talents turned their house into a comfy home. She enjoyed making curtains, quilting wall hangings and blankets, making Christmas tree decorations and so much more. While retired, Betty crocheted hats for the newborns at W&B Hospital. Everybody wanted Betty to pull their name for Secret Santa gifts!

Professionally, Betty was committed to her nursing profession. She graduated from Philadelphia General Hospital (some say because she liked the cap!) and challenged herself through her 34 years at Lancaster General Hospital. Betty mentored many nurses with patience and gentleness; she never ate the young! She rose in the ranks and never lost sight of who she was, always genuine. A highlight for Betty were trips to the Philippines to hire qualified and hard-working nurses to immigrate to the US. She also assisted with their welcome to the Lancaster community and helped as they assimilated into our culture. She recently recalled walking through thigh high snow to get sleep at a friend’s apartment so she could return to work during the Blizzard of 78. Some would say things were different then!

Betty’s career concluded with 10 years consulting while working at Saxton and Stump Law Firm, Lancaster. Betty coordinated the needs of many physician office practices and her consultation services helped them provide up to date care to their patients, thereby reducing risk to the patients and physician practices.

On behalf of Betty, thank you to the physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, technicians and delivery people for their guidance, expertise and kindness through this difficult illness over the past 2 years. “Our Betty” will be missed and never forgotten.

“I do my thing and you do your thing.

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

And you are not in this world to live up to mine.

You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. …”

Fritz Perls

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held on Sunday, March 3, at 4:00 PM at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, 17543, where a viewing will take place from 2-4 PM. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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March 11, 2019

John, Megan, Taylor and Kylie: Betty was a friend of mine. And also she was a colleague of mine. She welcomed me and helped me consistently when I came to what is now Saxton Stumpf. We had offices next to each other and she spent a lot of time helping me and I hope I helped her a time or two also. We did hospital consultations together and althouth our work kept us in constant contact igt was her friendship that I will always remember. She was one of those people who was not just a friend but a good friend to all! She had the ability to connect and to show that she really cared! You should have the joyful memory of having had her as part of you for many years thus far and also for the rest of your lives. Megan, Taylor, and Kylie she never stopped talking about you and the joy you all brought to her!

March 05, 2019

My Sympathies to Betty’s family. I had the amazing pleasure of traveling to the Phillipines with Betty! What an incredible time we shared. A wonderful lady. Hoping you are all finding comfort in beautiful memories. 

March 03, 2019

I was stunned to learn of Betty’s passing.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Betty was a delightful girl and I’m sure a treasure to your family.  I have many fond memories of her from our years in West Babylon and wish I could express my condolences in person. The world is a little bit less of a place with her passing and I will be sure to remember her in my prayers.  I hope that Our Lord blesses you with his peace at this sad time.  It is best to always remember the good times with our loved ones.  Again, my sincerest condolences to you and Betty’s family and close friends.  She is a great loss.
Jim Dale

March 02, 2019

Betty was my suite mate in Philadelphia General hospital school of nursing. I am so sorry  to hear that Betty has died. She was always so sweet, kind and a terrific nurse and friend. I feel badly that the last time we saw each other was over 10 years ago at the last PGH reunion. Only the best memories of her sweet person. Always madly in love with John, putting pictures of engagement rings and wedding dresses on her dorm room wall. Great softball and basketball player too!!!
She was / is awesome

March 01, 2019

Betty was a wonderful part of our team at Saxton & Stump. So hard working and caring. She helped more people than she will ever know by her thoughtful and important work in Quality Assurance and Risk Mitigation. We all enjoyed working with her and miss her a great deal. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones.       Jim Saxton

March 01, 2019

Betty.  May you Rest In Peace.   I did not know you but if my obituary reads like yours, I know I lived a good life!   

March 01, 2019

My sympathies go out to all of Betty’s family.  I had the distinct pleasure of working with Betty for many years at Lancaster General Hospital.  Betty was always seen as a consummate professional with a very kind heart.  She worked with staff and leadership  for the benefit of the patients.  She was a mentor to staff (nurses and others) and would go the extra mile to insure that all who needed her help and guidance were served.  She was missed when no longer at LG.  I personally missed her wonderful smile and her laughter. May she Rest In Peace 
Mary Miskey
Former Vice President-Human Resources Operations, Lancaster General Health

March 01, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Betty at Saxton & Stump.  Her knowledge and kindness was abundant as was her love for John, Megan and “the girls.”  Truly a good person.

March 01, 2019

Gene and I are so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. We hope you and Megan find strength in your loving memories and comfort in the knowledge that Betty is no longer suffering. 
Love to you both,

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