Obituary of Betty Mae Genoese
Betty Mae Genoese (nee Crawford), age 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 surrounded by the love of her family at her home in Madison. She was born June 29, 1937 to John and Jennie Gray Crawford in Kingston, PA and was the youngest of six children. She was fondly known to many as “Betsy”.
Betty was a graduate of the Scotland School for Veteran’s Children in Scotland, PA and she remained a strong supporter of the school for her entire life.
She eventually relocated to New Jersey in the mid-1950’s where would come to meet her beloved husband, Joseph Genoese, while working at a luncheonette in Madison in 1957. The rest is history. The loving couple were married on April 4, 1959 at St. Vincent Martyr Church. They settled in Madison, where they raised a beautiful family of five children and have created many fond, cherished memories over the years.
Betty was a talented beautician and hairdresser with a loyal following. She opened her own beauty salon in 1977, Betsy’s Hair Stop, which she operated for several years in Madison. Betty retired from the shop in the mid 1980’s, although she continued to work at other part-time jobs over the years, notably as a bookkeeper at Woolworth’s in Madison.
She loved to knit and crochet and shared her passion with anyone willing to learn including as a volunteer instructor at the Madison Community House. She was always knitting or crocheting something for a family member or friend. Her crocheted dish towels were infamous!
She was an active leader for many in her daughters’ Brownie & Girl Scouts troops, both at St. Vincent’s and Central Avenue School in Madison. She also was a volunteer at Morristown Memorial Hospital for many years.
”Betsy and Joe” loved to see the country by car and had many beautiful trips together. After retirement, they traveled extensively throughout the United States including a coast to coast trip. In the time before cell phones, internet or email and although they promised to call at least one of their kids from the road daily, they would often forget to ‘check in” because they were having so much fun.
Betty also loved the occasional trip to the casinos or race track to try her luck. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo too.
Betty was a wonderful wife and mother whose life truly revolved around her family. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the center of her life. She was happiest when all of her family was together.
Betty was a woman of tremendous faith. Her perseverance in the face of adversity was inspiring. She never felt sorry for herself, even though she faced multiple illnesses throughout her life. Betty’s love, warmth and good nature will always be remembered by her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her siblings. She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Joseph Genoese of Madison; her son, Dominick “Nick” Genoese and his wife, Sylvia of Boca Raton, FL; four daughters, Denise Barretti and her husband, Joseph of Whippany, Val Friedman and her husband, David of Madison, Jodi Hopkinson and her husband, Willy of Avon-by-the-Sea & Liz Urbina and her husband, Oscar of Apex, NC; twelve cherished grandchildren, AJ Ellis (Renee), Jennie Walters (Donnie), Anthony Barretti (Caroline), Alessandra Barretti (Mike), David Friedman II, Jared Friedman, Jessica Barretti (Doug), Ashley Genoese, Nicholas Genoese, Will Hopkinson, Cait Hopkinson & Abbie Urbina; five cherished great-grandchildren, DJ, Tyler, Cole, Georgia & Lily, numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Relatives and close friends are kindly invited to attend a socially-distanced visitation on Friday, July 17, 2020 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main Street, Madison. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison. Due to current limitations, we encourage you to attend via live-stream by visiting www.svmnj.org and viewing the Mass on the main webpage of the church beginning at 10:00AM. Interment will be held privately for the family at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Madison.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Vincent Martyr Church, 26 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ 07940 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 W. Blackwell St., Dover, N.J. 07801 (Please write In Memory of Betty Genoese in the check memo.)
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