Betty J. (Heitzenrater) DeWitte

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Betty J. (Heitzenrater) DeWitte, 90, of Punxsutawney passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville, following a long courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. DeWitte was born in Punxsutawney on Sept. 28, 1925, the daughter of the late Arthur R. and Mabel E. (Tyger) Heitzenrater.

Betty graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1943. Following high school, Betty worked a variety of jobs in a factory, restaurants and department stores. She retired after a long career and the closing of Jamesway, making many friends along her professional and personal way.

Betty was Protestant by faith, attending church services at Mahoning Towers, where she lived for the past few years.

Mrs. DeWitte is survived by two sons, Eugene William DeWitte and his wife, Deborah (McCloud), of Meadville, and Thomas Arthur DeWitte and his wife, Linda (Cavazza) of Ligonier. She is also survived by a brother, Donald James and wife, Delores (Muhollan) Heitzenrater, of Punxsutawney; and a sister, Sandra (Heitzenrater) Pavlak of Punxsutawney; three grandchildren, Lori Nageotte, Jessica Foster and Carrie Morrison; and six great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at Shumaker Funeral Home Inc. of Punxsutawney on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A service will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following visitation and officiated by her cousin, Butch (George) White.

Mrs. DeWitte will be interred at Circle Hill Cemetery of Punxsutawney.

Online condolences may be made at

Contributions, if desired, may be made in Betty’s Memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; or The Wounded Warrior Project.  

You can find the complete original obituary on this website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.