Bessie Elizabeth “Betty” Rafacz, 89, of Wampum passed away peacefully Monday, August 31, 2020 at UPMC – Jameson Hospital in New Castle following an extended illness.
Born April 1, 1931 in Coalport, PA, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Vanda (Gmerek) Stiles Sr. She was married to Henry J. Rafacz for 66 years, he survives.
Betty was a member of the former St. Monica’s Parish in Wampum, and more recently Holy Redeemer in Ellwood City. She formerly worked at Airway Luggage and Shenango Pottery. She also cleaned St. Monica’s for several years. Betty’s truest love was being a homemaker, baking, cooking, and smothering her children and grandchildren with love.
In addition to her husband, Henry, survivors include two daughters, Denise (Mark) Loccisano of Fredericksburg, VA, Carol (Charlie) Monks of Franklin, TN; two sons, John (Tom) Rafacz of Skokie, IL, Jim (Melissa) Rafacz of Enon Valley, sister, Lilly Mills of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren with another one due in September.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Leonard, and Andrew Stiles; and three sisters, Jessie Korowicki, Rella Crofton, and Dorothy Anderson.
A private blessing service was held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum with Rev. Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.
Sorry to hear about your Mom Jim
Been a while, since Vo-Tech
I was sadden to hear of the passing of a great wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Betty was such a wonderful person to be around and it is a privilege to have known her. I know she will be watching over her family. Hugs to the Rafacz family, love you Chris