Elizabeth “Betty” Walsh, 91, formerly of Scranton, and Winter Haven, Fla., died on April 28, 2020, in Sacred Heart Senior Living, Center Valley, with her loving and devoted daughter, Mary, by her side.
She is now reunited with her husband of 53 years, the late John J. Walsh, a former employee of The Scranton Times newspaper.
She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.
Born in Dickson City, Lackawanna County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Cyprosky) Wojnicki.
She attended Dickson City High School and then worked at Woolworth’s before getting married in 1950.
They raised five children and the family enjoyed yearly trips to Ocean City, Md., and New York City (they loved the Big Apple) and road trips to visit family in upstate New York and Philadelphia.
They also enjoyed a trip to Hawaii and taking cruises and entertaining family and friends with innumerable picnics and parties.
When the grandchildren came along they were always on the go to Rocky Glen and McDade Park.
Elizabeth and John moved to Winter Haven, in 1993 and took up residence in Lake Henry Golf Resort.
They immediately embarked on a very social and active lifestyle, with daily golf outings, frequent trips to Disney as well as many of the beaches on both coasts.
They had numerous friends with whom they played pinochle, dominoes and Scrabble; held coffee hours in the mornings and social hours in the afternoons.
Each night, she participated in “Jeopardy” from her living room and knew almost enough answers to have been a worthy opponent on the air.
One of her last trips was a cruise to Alaska with friends from Lake Henry.
Following a bout of illnesses, she returned to Pennsylvania and took great joy in visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved learning card games, playing bingo and hearing stories from their “Big Nana,” a title she wore proudly.
She became the person the other residents wanted to sit by for word games because she knew all the answers.
She was loved by the staff who would spend time chatting with her because she was so much fun to be with.
Her survivors include Mary E. Faltyn and her husband, Daniel, of Breinigsville, John J. Walsh of Medford, N.J., Donald Walsh and his wife, Joann, of Madisonville, James Walsh of Lakeland, Fla., David Walsh and his wife, Candace, of Grantville; 10 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Agures, and grandson James Walsh.
A private memorial Mass will be held at a later date. There will be no public calling hours.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at heintzelmancares.com.
She will be interred at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.
Arrangements were made by Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Schnecksville.