Betty J. Kress, 78, of Carlisle, died September
8, 2012, in the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, Carlisle. She was born July 27, 1934 in Westminster, MD, and was a daughter of
the late Howard L. and Lillie M. (Dutterer) Petry and the widow of Edward W. Kress, Sr.
Betty was a 1952 graduate of Littlestown High School and
took courses at Harrisburg Community College. Her first job was with United Telephone Co., where her husband worked until
his death. Later she worked at Dauphin Bank. She finished her working career at the Medical Clinic and the Resource Management
Department of Carlisle Barracks. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle, where she served as a Eucharistic
Minister. She was a member of St. Patrick Council of Catholic Women and served on the Local, District, Diocesan and National
Boards. Betty was a member of the Diocesan Serra Club. She was a Member and former President of the Carlisle Civic Club. Betty
enjoyed her family, her house and garden. She loved sewing, crocheting and reading. For many years she took care of her aunt,
Dorothy Leister of Shippensburg.
is survived by three sons; Edward Kress, Jr. and his wife, Barbara of North Canton, Ohio, Anthony Kress and his wife, Kathy
of Clarksburg MD, and Thomas Kress and his wife, Michelle of Gurley, AL, two daughters; Peggy Baker and her husband, Rick
of Gettysburg, PA and Beverly Collett and her husband, Ron of Millersville, MD, one brother, Charles Petry of Conway, SC and
one sister, Mary Nunemaker of Fayetteville, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by one
son, Michael J. Kress and one sister, Doris M. Sherman.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic
Church, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle, with the Very Reverend William C. Forrey officiating. Burial will be private in St. Francis
Xavier Cemetery, Gettysburg, where her husband and son are buried. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the
Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle with a Prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following
the service on Friday, the family invites all for a time of fellowship in the church social hall. In following Betty’s
wishes, the family kindly requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church Building
Fund, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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To the family:
Betty was such a lovely and kind woman to everyone she met. I worked with
Betty at United Telephone Company and we did speeches together. She was a joy to be with and never was negative about anyone.
She was a complimentary person. Betty was a very divine lady that I was so grateful to know. May God's Hands of warmth
bestow upon your hearts to comfort you along this path and my prayers will be with you. Take wonderful care of each other.
Susan L. Garner Startzel
Sorry to hear of your moms passing, she was a fighter. I didn't know her, but I admired her
from all that I have heard about her.
My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Betty at the phone company.
May God bless her and the family.
Terri Shryock Shirey
Family, Our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. We will miss Betty. May you find your comfort in the Lord. He will be found of
those who seek Him.
Art & Anne Amundsen
My sincere sympathy to Betty's family. I knew her for many years as a sister Life Member of the Harrisburg
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She was the embodiement of our Mission Statement...a truly kind and compassionate lady.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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