Betty Rose of Mountain Top passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Born January 16, 1924, in Mountain Top, daughter of the late John and Alice Allen, she was a graduate of Fairview Township High School, Class of 1942.
She was a member of St. Jude’s Parish, Mountain Top.
As owner, along with her late husband Edwin, of The Broadway Tavern, Mountain Top for more than 50 years, she touched the lives of thousands as mentor and friend. When visiting the bar, patrons always made sure to stop in to say hello to her. Many have shared their stories of countless conversations at her kitchen table with her over a cup of tea and graham crackers. She was a kind, gentle woman, standing only near 5 feet tall, however there was not a stronger person in terms of conviction and mental toughness. There are many stories of men three times her size cowering in apologies with one gentle sway of her index finger and a stomp of her foot. She was greatly respected and admired by everyone that stepped through the door.
Betty was the matriarch of a large, closely knit family that continues to grow. She taught her family the power of principle and the value of unconditional love. From very humble beginnings, her uncanny touch has produced doctors, nuclear engineers, educators, CPAs, bankers, business men, military personnel and college athletes. More importantly she fostered men and woman of character and passion who have become wonderful mothers and fathers as well as fierce protectors of friends and family.
Betty loved spending time with her growing family. Many times going on unplanned trips to Atlantic City, The Mohegan Sun Casino, shopping, or as simple as listening and dancing to the jukebox with her grandchildren. She has given her family beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. She indeed was the light of their lives. Her life will positively influence generations of Roses, McGoverns, DiPietros, and Koptchos to come. They will continue to remember her every time they hear a Frank Sinatra song, at family gatherings, have a cup of tea, at Penn State football games with their army of #66 jerseys, or most importantly in the smiles and laughter of the youngest of the family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; grandson, Matthew Rose; son-in-law, Jim McGovern; and brother, John Allen.
She is survived by her children, Maureen McGovern, Edwin and his wife Theresa Rose, and Fred Rose, all of Mountain Top; and Sharon and her husband, Robert DiPietro, Wyoming; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister Agnes Halloway, Mountain Top; brother William Allen, Bethlehem; and several nieces and nephews.
There were no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 3, 2017. Interment was held in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.
The last several years of Bettys life she suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease however she never faced it alone. Her children, grandchildren and even as young as they are, her great grandchildren, walked along side her and helped her though it.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Mountain Top Library, or Mountain Top Welcome Club in her honor.