Bette Virginia McElravy McCloskey, 91

Bette Virginia McElravy McCloskey, 91, passed away peacefully at Otterbein Cridersville retirement center on Jan. 13, 2014, of natural causes. She was born on June 29, 1922, in Sligo Township, Pa. to William and Edna (Hackbarth) McElravy, one of twelve brothers and sisters. On Dec. 1, 1950, she married Henry T. McCloskey, at St. Eusebius Catholic Church in East Brady, Pa., in the middle of the famous “Snow Bowl” snowstorm of that year. They were married 55 years when he passed away in November 2005.   

She is survived by daughters, Peg (Dan) Castagno of Pickerington, and Pat (Ty) Koenig of Los Angeles, Calif.; four grandchildren, Chris and Caitlin Castagno of Pickerington, Katherine Koenig of Los Angeles, Calif. and Matthew Koenig, currently in California; brother Robert McElravy of Chicora, Pa.; sister Charlotte Kloker of Karns City, Pa.; and sister Phyllis Wigdon of Phoenix, Ariz.

Bette was a 1940 graduate of Karns City High School. During WWII, she worked at the local Office of Price Administration, also known as the rationing board. After the war, she was the local school secretary for several years.  She then married Harry, and they made their home in Cleveland, where she also worked for several years for the Department of the Naval Reserve. ln 1969, they moved to Cridersville, when Harry accepted a job transfer to the former Sohio refinery in Lima. They enjoyed the Cridersville community where they had many friends.

Bette’s primary focus was always her family, and she was a wonderful homemaker, cook and baker of bread and ginger cookies. She was very active in the Cridersville United Methodist Church where she was a member for 44 years. Bette was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoyed trips to the former Riverfront stadium. She rarely missed a “Reds on Radio” broadcast. She was also an active member of the Wapakoneta Senior Citizens Association. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she enjoyed the Otterbein St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and she and Harry traveled to Ireland in 1985 as the first of their family to travel to their ancestral homeland.

Visitation will be at Karns City United Methodist Church, Karns City, Pa., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, from 10-11 a.m. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Karns City United Methodist Church,117 Petrolia St, Karns City, PA 16041; Otterbein- Cridersville, 100 Red Oak Drive, Cridersville, Ohio 45806, or the Cridersville United Methodist Church, 105 Shawnee Road, Cridersville, Ohio 45806.

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Arrangements are by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.