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Betty J. Simpler

May 31, 1925 ~ October 20, 2018 (age 93)

Betty J. Simpler, 93, of Montoursville, died Oct. 20, 2018 at Valley View Nursing Center.

She was born May 31, 1925, in Sonestown, a daughter of the late Lee and Alma (Snyder) Gavitt.

Betty was a practical nurse and was an administrator for the former Manleys Nursing Home and Leader Nursing Home.  She was a member and past deacon at Montoursville Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed flowers, knitting, and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Andrew J. Simpler; five brothers, Morgan, Paul, Michael, Mark, and Frank Gavitt, and two sisters, Frances Peterman and Ruby Fitzgerald.

Surviving are a son, Stanley L. (Susan) Simpler, of Harrisburg; a daughter, Janice A. (David) Bertin, of Montoursville; a brother, Walter Gavitt, of Dushore; two sisters, Cherie Khan, of Muncy Valley and Jean (Martin) Hula, of Montoursville; four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733Broad St., Montoursville, with Rev. David C. Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery.  A viewing for family and friends will be held from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 205 Tule St., Montoursville, PA 17754.

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