Elizabeth “Betty” Hemberger of Twinsburg, Ohio passed away March 26, 2019 at the age of 98. Betty was born on Halloween in 1920, in Pitamaca, Croatia. Although she was the second eldest of five children, she was the only one born in “the old country”. Her parents had returned with her oldest brother, George, to Croatia (at the time, known as Yugoslavia), while her mother was pregnant with Betty. The family came back to America when Betty was 10 months of age, through Ellis Island. You can see a copy of the manifest on the Ellis Island website.
Betty worked as an inspector at Packard Electric. She eventually kept house for a recent widower, Lawrence, who she married. They first lived in Leavittsburg, OH, and after they became empty-nesters, moved to Pensacola, FL. Following Lawrence’s death and 41 years of marriage, Betty moved to South Florida to live with her elder daughter, Judy. After Judy’s death, Betty continued to live in Port St. Lucie until moving to Hudson, OH to live with her other daughter, Donna, and Donna’s husband, Ramiro.
Betty had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and during the last year and a half of her life, she was lovingly taken care of by many wonderful people at Maplewood in Twinsburg Assisted Living. She always was a meticulous cleaner and many people wanted to take her home to help them out!
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence “Larry”; daughter, Judy; brothers, George and John, and a stepson Leo.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Ramiro) Galleguillos and stepson, Charles, of Goose Creek, SC; sister, Barbara Yurtin in Warren, OH and brother, Joseph (Evelyn) Badanjek in West Farmington, OH will miss “their big sister”.
There will be a small memorial service for Betty in Warren at a later date. Condolences can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com.