Donald J. Betz Sr.
MOUNT CARMEL — Donald J. Betz Sr., 95, of 210 S. Vine St., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Locust Gap, a son of the late Christine Betz. He was a 1939 graduate of Mount Carmel Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a staff sergeant with the 12th Armored Division. He was part of the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theatre Medal and the European Theatre Medal with two bronze stars. Donald married Helena K. (Knoblauch) Betz on May 1, 1944, in Philadelphia. She preceded him in death April 17, 2000. Donald had been employed by Acme Markets for 43 years. He retired in 1984. Donald was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the Mount Carmel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2110, American Legion Post 91 and the Clover Hose Fire Co. and a life member of the Locust Gap Fire Co., Aristes Fire Co. and West End Athletic Club. Donald was an avid gardener and enjoyed his many trips to the beach. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Anne and her husband, Joseph Paul, of Harwich, Massachusetts, and Helena Betz, of Philadelphia; two sons, Peter Betz and his wife, Suzanne, of Strong, and Donald Betz Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Mount Carmel Estates; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
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