Elizabeth Louise (Frank) Schultz died peacefully at Paramount Nursing and Rehabilitation early in the morning of October 29, 2019. Betty was born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1930 to Edward J. Frank (1909-1988) and Elizabeth R. (Brinza) Frank (19o8-1989). She was the oldest of six children: Patricia (Robert) Bence and the late Ruth Youngerman, Marlene (Albert) Ragan, John “Jack” (Patricia) Frank, and Donna (Charles) Pruchnitzky.
Betty attended St. Anselm Catholic School and graduated from Swissvale High School in 1948. On February 23, 1952, she married Thomas G. Schultz (1924-2001) of Canonsburg at St. Anselm’s. He was a veteran of the Second World War and a metallurgist at U.S. Steel. They raised six children in Bethel Park, first on California Avenue and then on Scenic View Drive: Karen Lewis (Howell), Thomas (Katherine), Mary Beth McCracken, Joseph, William (Marilyn) and the late Rosanne (Stevens) Richardson. She was a loving mother-in-law to the late Charles A. Strauss. She was a favorite aunt to nieces and nephews in the Frank and Schultz Families. Betty was a member of St. Valentine’s Christian Mothers and a second mother to many neighborhood children, particularly the Finley Family.
Betty worked at two children’s shoe stores, Kenny Kardon at South Hills Village Mall where she rose to the position of manager, and Newman’s at The Galleria. Although she was an expert on children’s shoes, Betty’s calling seemed to be as “Nanny,” grandmother to eighteen, great grandmother to thirteen. Nanny also took in the spouses and families of her children and grandchildren as her own. She was “Nanny” to the friends of her children and grandchildren, never shy to help, advise, or reprimand when necessary. Nanny was also a special person to Callie Rose and Jordan Hanau, whom she watched during the workday for many years.
Betty knew about baking, particularly pies, peach upside down cake, and cookies. “Your birthday is coming up, what kind of pie would you like?” was an annual question. She communicated her love through cooking for others, driving family and friends to appointments and school, and sending cards on birthdays and anniversaries, closing with “Love ya bunches, xoxo.”
Betty would do anything for a friend. She and her friend Sally Finley scheduled their weekly hair appointments together for decades. Her friends were like family, including Ann Mansmann, Kay and Bill Kohler, Mattie and Jack Mowry, Eleanor Siebert, Clare and Jack Pierosh, and many more. She enjoyed her visits and phone calls with friends right up to the end. And over the last months at Paramount, she was blessed by friendships with Helen Autry and Martha Saftner.
She enjoyed playing Pokino, Memory, and Crazy Eights with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also played the lottery. And for a time, she took organ lessons. She liked country music as well as the old crooners, particularly Dean Martin.
Betty worked hard at everything she did, loved her family fiercely, and was the kind of person you thought would live forever. She leaves behind countless memories in the minds and hearts of so many whom she helped and fed and hugged and hollered at and loved.
Visitation: Friday, November 1, 2019, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m at the David J. Henney Funeral Home, 6364 Library Road, South Park.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Valentine Catholic Church with Rev. John Skirtich and Rev. Mr. John Ragan, Betty’s nephew, concelebrating.
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