It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Maud Elizabeth "Betty" Syvertsen, who graced this world for 98 years.
Born on October 25, 1925, in the picturesque town of Glen Campbell, Pennsylvania, Betty’s journey led her to New Jersey, where she lived until her passing at home on December 19, 2023, in Ledgewood, NJ.
Betty is survived by her son, John Albert Syvertsen; her four grandchildren, John Aylwyn Syvertsen, Tricia Syvertsen, Renato Capillas & Eric Capillas; and her daughter-in-law, Emelia Syvertsen.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Albert John Syvertsen.
Betty was raised in Glen Campbell, Pennsylvania, the only child of the late Chester and Harriet Lybarger. She was an extremely bright young woman and was accepted to Purdue University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biological science. She went on to work as a lab assistant at the University of Pittsburgh from 1950 to 1951 for Dr. Jonas Salk, who was an American virologist and medical researcher who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines.
Betty lived in Baltimore, Maryland for a short period of time before Marrying Albert in 1951. They lived in Dunkirk, New York before settling in Scotch Plains, New Jersey for the next 50 years. During this time, they brought John Albert Syvertsen into the world. Betty taught 5th grade at the Evergreen School in Scotch Plains for many years. She loved teaching and touched countless young lives.
Betty loved spending time with her family. Those who knew Betty, knew how generous she was with her time and resources for all her family, friends, and those in need. She was a true animal lover and had a special place in her heart for her pets.
Betty had a lifelong love of plants and gardening. She tended to her plants and flowers lovingly, especially as she got older. Betty especially loved roses.
Rest in Peace, dear Betty, knowing that your unwavering love will forever be felt through the generations of your family.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the visitation for Betty on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main Street, Madison, NJ.