There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
And so it is that on November 19, 2016, 97-year old Betty Arlene DeCapito of Ravenna, left us to enter a new city and new life, joining her husband and heavenly Father.
On December 9, 1918, Betty was born in Canton, the fourth child of Albert and Edith Hershey Opperman. Being a third cousin of Milton S. Hershey was a proud conversation piece for Betty who attended the Hershey family reunions for many years, until no longer able to do so.
When Betty was 6 years old, the Opperman family moved to Ravenna and through all her school years at Charlestown they lived in a cottage on the Dan Hanna farm on Old Route 5. Tagging along with her father much of the time on hunting, trapping and fishing 'escapades,' she was a typical tomboy. As a result, Betty excelled in athletics, leading to countless awards and trophies in basketball and track.
After graduation in 1937, the Ravenna Arsenal and the Woolen Mills on South Prospect St. were her first jobs. Marriage in 1939 gave her a daughter, Treasure LaRue and the title of stay-at-home-mom. Becoming a single parent, in 1948 she joined the work force of Pyramid Rubber Co (Evenflo Baby Products) where she remained for 34 years.
On July 14, 1949, Betty married her true love and soul mate, Albert DeCapito, a WWII veteran from Kent and together they adopted a son, Barre Alan. Through the years they enjoyed golfing, travel to Hawaii, Florida, New York, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, but their passion was the many years of boating fun on Lake Erie, cruising between all the high points every weekend.
Retirement at 64 did not slow Betty down; she became a regular attendee of the Ravenna Senior Citizen Center and continued her interest in athletics by participating in Senior Olympics and winning ribbons, trophies and recognition in her usual grand style. Under the title Activity Director, she organized exercise classes for the seniors which turned out a group of ladies known as "The Alley Cats." Dressing in colorful and zany costumes the group provided hilarious dances and entertainment at area nursing homes and other senior facilities to the delight of all. Betty was loved and admired by all for her outgoing and bubbly personality and her kind attention to the needs of others. In recognition of her contribution to the senior community, she was twice named Portage County Senior Queen at the Randolph Fair.
Following in her mother's footsteps, Betty was also a published poet. Some works are contained in the National Library of Poetry's contemporary series entitled "Visions". Additionally, she enjoyed creating novelty craft items, creating a toy called "Tricky Dicky," nurturing the 65-year old Christmas cactus inherited from her mother, collecting Middleton porcelain dolls, and most importantly, doting on her children and grandchildren.
This special lady will be desperately missed by her daughter Treasure LaRue Anderson of Columbus, son Barre Alan (Roseann) DeCapito of Ravenna; grandchildren Amber Layne (John) Knapp of Columbus, Lance Brooke Woodring of Ravenna; great-grandchildren Autum Rae (Justin) Gruber of Munroe Falls, April LaRayne (Justin) Mallory of Columbus, Reed Lance Woodring of Uniontown, great-great-grandchildren Kayleigh Jae Gruber and Jayce Blair Mallory; sisters/brothers-in-law, Vincent & Charlotte DeCapito in Kent, Joseph & Matilda DeCapito of Florida, Josephine LeRoy and Jayne DeCapito of Brady Lake; and many nieces and nephews in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Escondido, California, as well as step-grandchildren in Montana and their families.
On June 28 this year Betty lost her husband of 67 years, Albert. Her parents, brother Virgil Opperman, sisters June Faye Try, Ruth Elizabeth Herbst and great-grandson Dennis Blaire Johnson also preceded her to final rest.
Friends will be received on Friday, November 25, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, with her funeral service following at 4 p.m.. Final resting place will be Maple Grove Cemetery.
Special thanks to Robinson's UH Hospice Care for many hours of loving care prior to Betty's moving to Columbus, and Zusman Hospice at the Wexner Center in Bexley for their most recent assistance.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436 RC 11-25-16)