- April 5, 1918 - January 13, 2017
- Cornwall, Pennsylvania
of Betty's Passing
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“I lived only one house away from Betts (on Cumberland St) when I was growing up. She was a friendly, fun and interesting neighbor. She always...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Dieter Hauer - Trappe, PA
“We were honored to spend time with Betts and the Shultz family for many years. We always looked forward to Christmas together with Tim and Steve and...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Bill and Vicki Clark - Galway, NY
“She was my Godmother and a really good one. I loved her dearly.
3 of 20 | Posted by: Sally Killian - Bloomfield Hills, MI
“Betts, you were a role model for me in many respects... I grew up a couple houses down from you. Rest in peace, and my sympathy to your lovely family.
4 of 20 | Posted by: Marie Hauer Spinelli - Lebanon, PA
“We lived 2 doors from Betts and are all saddened by her passing. She was an amazing woman at sooo many levels. A more interesting woman you will...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Peter Hauer - Salt Lake City, UT
“Tim, Susie and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. My heartfelt condolences for you and your family. May her soul rest in peace. Lisa Cors
6 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Cors - Audubon, NJ
“Mrs. Schultz lived a very long and eventful life. She will forever leave a lasting imprint on the lives of the ones that she has touched. She is such...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Danielle Davis
“Betts supported my run for school board AND Mayor. She gave me encouragement and great campaigning tips. I will always remember her sense of humor...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jackie Parker - Lebanon
“Your Mother was also a lifesaver---literally. She saved my Mom---Betty Russell---by giving her CPR on a snowy evening in January, 1984. My Mom was...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Kathryn McGee - Frederick, MD
“Betts: Thanks for the memories. You were among my mentors and encouragers in life. For this I am grateful. Rest in peace.Jo Ellen Litz
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jo Ellen Litz - Lebanon, PA
“What an amazing woman! I'll never forget her spunk, parties and late nights at the theater. She was a dear dear friend of my mother's (mary Lou...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Lauren Slubar
“So sorry for your loss. What a dynamic and inspirational woman, ahead of her time. I always loved her style and passion for creativity and politics...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Ellen Erdman-Nicholas - PA
“Steve, so sorry of the passing of your mother, she sounds like she was a feisty get R done woman...enjoy the memories you have of her.
13 of 20 | Posted by: Suzanne and Wayne Dupree - Ona, FL
“Steve, Tim and Family, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and loved reading the positive obituary. May she Rest in Peace. Working for you and meeting...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Rodney Degler - Lebanon, PA
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. When you say "feisty" that is surely an understatement for Betts.
15 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie Soliday - Lebanon, PA
“She was my friend and role model. The picture you used is wonderful as is the eloquence of the writing. I will miss her beyond words.
16 of 20 | Posted by: A friend
“There is no doubt that Betts made a huge impact on every life she touched. As a child, she was by far my favorite "adult". While I'm sure she is...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Nicole Maurer - Lebanon, PA
“she treated the employes in the city of Lebanon great and it helped to make you do the job better her and Betty Eiceman made a great team and got a...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Potteiger - Elkland Pa
“It was a real privilege and honour to know Betty! She was an interesting and fun lady, one of a kind she will be missed at Cornwall Manor.
19 of 20 | Posted by: Lori Meckley - Lebanon, PA
“Betty Is such a fun loving and outgoing person.She will never be forgotten that is for sure. It has been an honor caring for her <3
20 of 20 | Posted by: Chantelle Lawrence - Myerstown, PA
Heaven just got a little bit more lively! On Friday, January 13, Betty Hoffman Shultz (Betts), 98, took the party upstairs, leaving behind her sons Steve and Tim, daughters-in-law, Diann, Susie and Louise, nephew Barry and niece Barbara, their spouses Diane and Harry, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Those who knew her will never forget her feisty nature and the impact she had on the lives she touched and her community.
Betts was born in Bernardsville, NJ, on April 5, 1918. Always one to take the road less traveled, she entered Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in September 1935, where she was one of only three women in her class. While acquiring her degree, she also acquired her beloved husband, classmate Walter W. Shultz, II. The two newlywed doctors, after earning their degrees and licenses, made their home in Lebanon, PA, building a busy practice, social life and family.
Lebanon needed an outlet for creative expression, and Betts answered the call! Combining her talents for inspiring collaboration and fundraising, she worked with other like-minded residents to get the money together to establish the Lebanon Community Theatre. When the original location was destroyed by fire, she helped to re-establish the Theatre in its current location in the Red Barn adjacent to Stoever's Dam. She directed the first play in the new theater in 1975.
In 1977, Betts took her advocacy efforts into the political arena and was elected to City Council where she served for two terms. A tireless debater of policy and relentless "hounder" of local politicians, some might say she never realized that she wasn't on City Council after her last term ended in 1985. One of her most treasured accomplishments during her tenure was saving Stoever's Dam Park for future generations to enjoy.
Upon her arrival in Heaven, for which she will probably be late, Betts will be greeted by many whom she held dear. Among them will be her parents and brother, her husband and her two oldest sons, Walter III (Puggy) and Mike.
Those who wish to celebrate the life and accomplishments of this remarkable woman are most welcome to join the family on February 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lebanon Community Theatre, East Maple Street and Theatre Drive, in Lebanon. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Lebanon Community Theatre or Stoever's Dam Park Friends.