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Elizabeth "Betty" Kotel, 96, passed away Sept. 21, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.
Betty was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Greenville,PA to Emil and Veronica (Brestowanski) Minarovich.
She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows- Holy Name Church and attended grade school there, and she graduated from Chaney High School.
She was a steel inspector and riveter at Truscon Steel where they manufactured aircraft parts during World War II.
Betty also worked at Weatherbee Coats in downtown Youngstown for 22 years, was president of the union, and she had a second job at St. George Croatian Club in Youngstown on Vestal Road where she retired from at the young age of 79.
She was a member of the Bo No We Club that started in 1945, as their husbands were serving in the war. The club lasted until 2016.
She loved to cook and her kolachi was second to none. She also enjoyed traveling, gambling, shopping, but most of all spending time with her family.
Betty is survived by her sons Dennis (Bernadette) Kotel of Austintown, Richard (Paula) Kotel of Canfield; Daughter Deborah (Steve "Beau") Lesko of Youngstown, Grandchildren Terri (Andy) Bell , Jeff (Cheryl) Kotel, Keith (Jennifer) Kotel, Ashlee Iannucci, Dominique Iannucci, Jeanetta Lesko, Trisha (Jason) Furrie, Michele (Chris) Inglis, Jennifer (James Ciaccio) Rizer, Great Grandchildren John Billec IV, Jeffrey (Megan) Kotel, Erica Kotel, Andrew Bell, Erin Bell, Gabriella Cayson, Josh Cayson Jr., Layla Cayson, Danny Inglis, Ramone Peterson, Avery Kotel, Payson Kotel, Logan Kotel, Paige Furrie, Cole Furrie, Bella Furrie; Great Great Grandchildren Camden, Milena and Kendall Kotel, and her great great grand-dog Joseph.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Marie Simon, Sarah Berdis, Rose Puhalla, and brothers Gabe and Vince.
Calling hours will be from 5-7pm Tuesday, September 25th at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, in Youngstown and the Funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00am at the Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Grace Hospice for the wonderful care and support they provided.