Betty M. Friese

Betty M. Friese,  of West Scranton, died Sunday, April 5th at Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton, after recently celebrating her 74th birthday.

Betty, born in Johnson City, NY was the wife of Carl Friese and daughter of the late Steven and Margaret Sowka. Educated in the Scranton School district and a graduate of Scranton Central High School and studied Lacawana Jr. College. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Steve and Maraget Sowka and ex-husband John Leonori and survived by husband, Carl Friese, Scranton, Brothers Joseph Sowka and wife Edith, Scranton, Steven Sowka and wife Jan, CT and Sister Thelma Worden, and husband Don Finkler, Scranton.  Daughter, Sharon (Leonori) Boyce, North Bergen, NJ, Son, John Leonori and fiance Jesse Richardson, Scranton, granddaughters Alysa, New Jersey and Isabella, Scranton, 3  nieces and 7 nephews, whom she treasured.

Prior to retirement, Betty worked for PP&L in Scranton and Allentown. She spent free time watching the Eagles and movies with her husband Carl and reading thrillers from her favorite novelist, James Patterson.  She was a musical fan of Elvis and John Denver and loved spending time at the beach, especially Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Betty had a tremendously caring heart which was evident in the love she had for her family and friends. A quote from her facebook page:  “I really do appreciate your kindness and this is why I have a big smile on my face – Carl chose me!  And to you, Carl, God blessed me again when you came into my life.  I love you so very much!. This is why I’m glowing.  I do love ALL of you!”   She was generous with her time and love, regardless of what she had in life.  Her and her husband spent their time together volunteering and serving and found joy together as they were high school sweethearts who after losing touch after high school, reconnected,  and married to make for a beautiful love story. 

A private graveside blessing will be held with a memorial celebration to be announced at a later date when all is safe for travel and gatherings. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor, to the charity of your choice.


  1. Frank Perri

    Carl, I am very sorry for your loss. Condolences to Betty’s family.

  2. Steve Sowka

    My sympathies to Carl, John, and Sharon. There are no words that could be shared to make the loss easier. Be assured that each day, little by little, that pain will be replaced by a happy and joyous thought or memory. Soon those memories will string together a wonderful story of a wonderful person. And with that story she will always be with you.

  3. Ron Collins

    My deepest sympathy to The family of Betty. Betty worked for me for several years as my secretary in Scranton. She was a very loyal and hard working employee. Her children and husband have reason to be very proud of her. She was a very positive and carding person. In any trying situation she would always say” this too shall pass”.
    With deepest sympathy
    Ron Collins

  4. Jim Shemanski

    Anyone who knows you knows how much you love Betty. Be assured of my prayers.

  5. Lynne and Paul Binner

    We are so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a special lady, and we are thankful to have met her. Praying for peace for you, Carl, and for Sharon, Judy, and the rest of Betty’s family. God bless you!

  6. Judy Loftus

    Well done Sharon,a beautifully written detailed,impressive tribute to your mother.

  7. Janice Kimble

    I am so very sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She always had such kind words and a gentle, loving demeanor. Please know that you and your family have my prayers and sympathy.


    Carl, sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

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