M. Elizabeth “Betty” Panik

M. Elizabeth “Betty” Panik 84, of Willow Street, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mt. Joy. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Warren W. Worrest and Elsie M. (Hendren) Worrest. Her husband Joseph A. Panik passed away in 2006.

Betty was a graduate of McCaskey High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She worked at Slaymaker Lock Company as a secretary. She taught accordion at Keyboard Studios and taught piano and accordion in Willow Street since 1959. She was a member of the National, State and Local Music Teachers Association.

Betty was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s where she was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and served on the Parish Council as secretary for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Ladies Auxiliary and the St. Mary’s Choir. She volunteered for meals on wheels, helped out in the school cafeteria and assisted as a lector.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Kathleen wife of Clement Makowski of New Castle, DE and Susan wife of Gerald Stanek of Lancaster. She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy wife of John Buckwalter of Olympia, WA, 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Kathryn Wire.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10AM from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA with Father Leo M. Goodman as Celebrant. Interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Betty’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. To send an online condolence please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 393-9661.

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We offer our sincerest condolences in the loss of your mother/ grandmother/ sister.  Marta spoke very highly of her Mom Mom and it’s evident that she had a strong impact on your wonderful family. She seems like an amazing lady who contributed so much to her community and family. She will be missed. 

Celebrate her life.
Elizabeth Coluby
Bank of America

Marta and family,
I wanted to express my sympathy to the family for your loss.  Reading through the story of Betty’s life, it sounds like she was a very special person and really enjoyed life and gave a lot back to her community.

My deepest sympathy,
Lori Miller

Dear Marta and Family
It was such a surprise to us when we heard your grandmother had passed away. We understand how painful this must be for you, as you know Sonia lost her grandmother just last month.
Your Grandma will be remembered for her warmth and kindness to everyone she met. Please be comforted by the thought that many people hold fond memories of your grandmother. She touched all their lives.

It would be such a joy if you would call on me for any help you need, so please feel free to ask if you need any help. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

With sympathy,
Mahesh and Sonia Dhulashia

Dear family,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your mother as my piano teacher many years ago.  She was firm, yet kind and I have tried to model my own piano teaching after her.  She taught me and my siblings and I recently took her to one of my brother’s concerts in Lancaster.  She had a warm, friendly spirit and will be missed.

Love and prayers,
Debbie Huber Kreider

My condolences to Betty’s family.  She was such a lovely lady.  My sister and I always stopped by her pew in Church to say Hello and wish her well.  Please know she was loved.

Millie Rodriguez
St. Mary’s Parishioner

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