BROOKFIELD - Mrs. Betty J. Conti, 84, of Brookfield, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Sharon Regional Health System.
Betty was born June 17, 1929, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of David C. and Esther Dunlap Thomas.
She was a 1947 alumna of Brookfield High School and, following her graduation, married her sweetheart, Fred "Smokey" A. Conti, on Oct. 30, 1948. Together they went on to share more than 49 years of marriage and their three children, Fred, James and Patricia.
Mrs. Conti retired from the Ohio State Liquor Control Board after working as a store manager for 20 years. She was a member of St. Bernadette Church in Masury and had also been a member of the Ladies Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.
In her free time she enjoyed reading, Facebooking and working on her computer.
Betty is survived by her beloved children, Fred "Smokey" D. Conti of Bear, Del., James L. Conti of Sanibel Island, Fla., and Patricia (Robert) Sok of Erie, Pa.; four grandchildren, Rob (Lisa) Sok of Chesapeake, Va., Jim (fiancee, Amy Johnson) Sok of Jacksonville, Fla., Mike Sok of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Emily (Rob) Chianelli of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two great-granddaughters, Olivia Rose Chianelli and Natalie Marie Chianelli, who is to arrive in May; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred, on Dec. 15, 1997; and her brother, William Thomas.
Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Madasz Chapel of Lane Family Funeral Homes in Brookfield.
Closing prayers will begin at 8:45 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home to be followed by the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community (St. Bernadette) in Masury with the Very Rev. Frank Zanni V.F. as pastor.
Burial will follow in the Brookfield Township Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that each of you "pay it forward for Betty." Do at least one simple thing this week or longer with the comment, "Paying it forward for Betty." Open a door, buy a cup of coffee, pay a toll for the person behind you or make a contribution to the American Cancer Society.
Friends may view this tribute and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.