Genevieve Arthur "Bet-ty" Bloomgren, 89, passed into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at her home in Russell, Pa.
She was born April 19, 1924, in Warren, Pa., to the late Clyde and Mildred Wiggins Arthur. Her father said that "while her name is Genevieve she will always be Betty to me," and she was Betty to everyone who knew her.
Betty married Harold Bloomgren on March 27, 1943, at Grace United Methodist Church. Their daughter, Linda was born while Harold was serving in World War II. Harold has shared over the years that the happiest day of his life was when the war ended and he could go home to his family. That family grew to include Linda Clover and husband, Ron of Warren, Pa., Allen Bloomgren and wife, Billie of Great Falls, Mont., Harold Bloomgren Jr. and wife, Diane of Russell, Pa., twins: Gary Bloomgren and wife, Beth of Russell, Pa., and Jerry Bloomgren and wife, Debbie of Sugar Grove, Pa., twins: Karen Beardsley and husband, Ed of Lander, Pa., and Kathleen Landin and husband, Jeff of Butler, Pa., Darryl Bloomgren of Panama, N.Y., and Carol Addesso and husband, Bob of Cap May, N.J., one sister, Gla-dys Jones and husband, Blaine of Warren, Pa., all surviving. Betty has 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Betty's greatest joy in life was caring for her family.
Betty grew up in a large family of eight brothers and three sisters. It was a busy and wonderful family.
Betty was preceded in death by her brothers: Richard, Clyde Jr, Allen, Bob, Lester, Harold, Curtis, Norman; a sister, Ruby; and infant daughter, Suzanne.
Betty was a longtime member of the Lander United Methodist Church, where she was active on many committees and sang in the choir and ladies chorus. Betty was also a member of the Hill and Dale Garden Club, where she shared her love for flowers and gardening with many friends.
Betty enjoyed traveling to visit her children and their families, and she and Harold visited relatives in Sweden. They also traveled to Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Hawaii and Alaska.
Betty was employed by the Warren County School District in the cafeteria of the Eisenhower High School from which she retired. She served Farmington Township as judge of election for many years.
Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home Inc., 1003 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, PA 16365, on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 2-5 p.m. and at the Lander United Methodist Church for one hour prior to the funeral service to be held at the church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. J. Mark Hurst, officiating. Burial will follow at the Marshtown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lander United Methodist Church 5766 Route 957, Russell, PA 16345 or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365.
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