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.