Betty M. Agona 1931-2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Betty Mae Agona, 82, passed away early Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Betty was born Nov. 3, 1931, the daughter of Bill and Bertha Wahl, and grew up in Gallitzin, Pa.

She married Vaughn “Lefty” Agona of Jeanette, Pa., on March 1, 1949, and they moved to Warren in the early 1950s, where Betty worked longest in the payroll department at the Miracle Mart on Main Street and the safety store at Packard Electric, also in Warren.

Betty retired in 1991, and they moved to the Palm Valley Retirement Community in Oviedo, Fla., near Orlando. After retirement, they loved to travel, visiting Hawaii and leading junkets to Las Vegas several times. She also practiced her skills on the slots during multiple cruises of the Caribbean.

In 2011 she relocated to an assisted living facility in Knoxville and then finally to West Hills. Lately, she was a winner at bingo more often than not and one of her favorite sayings was, “Columbus took a chance, so I think I will, too!”

Over the years, Betty was an avid sports fan, following high school to professional baseball and football teams wherever she lived. She especially liked the songs “We are Family” for the Pittsburgh Pirates and “Rocky Top” for the University of Tennessee.

She experienced the joys and heartaches of being a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Betty shared her soul and spirit with everyone she met. ”We all will surely miss her.”

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Bertha Wahl of Penn, Pa.; husband, Vaughn “Lefty” Agona of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Colletta Schlegel of Manor, Pa.; and brothers, John Wahl of Penn and Eddie Wahl of Manor, Pa.

Betty is survived by her sister, Dorothy Komarinski of Hagerstown, Md.; children, Bill (Pamela) Agona of Canfield, Yvonne (Tom) Terry of Knoxville, Tenn., Rob (Dianne) Agona of Warren and Ken (Martina) Agona, also of Warren; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A private viewing was held Monday at the Rose Funeral Home in Knoxville. Betty chose to be cremated, as did her husband; their remains will be laid to rest in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland during the spring of 2014.

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