Betty L. Laise (1936-2022)
LIMA – Betty Lois Laise passed away at The Greens at The Lima Convalescent Home on April 2, 2022. She was born in Scranton, PA in 1936 to Raymond L. Stiff (deceased) and Frances V. Stiff (deceased). Betty was the older sister to Patricia A. Rocha (deceased) and Nancy L. Field (Westminster, CO). She lived in Mount Pocono, PA prior to her family moving to East Stroudsburg, PA in 1948. Betty dated her future husband, William “Bill” J. Laise (deceased), while attending college at the then Bloomsburg State Teacher’s College (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania) where she studied to be a teacher. Betty married Bill on August 2, 1958. They built a house and made their home on East Broad St. in East Stroudsburg. She became a mother to 2 sons, Keith J. Laise (deceased) in 1963 and to Kris G. Laise (Findlay, OH) in 1968. Betty lived in East Stroudsburg with Bill until 2000 when they moved to Lima, OH to be close to their only son, Kris, and his young family. Betty was a grandma to Jacob K. Laise (Findlay, OH) and Hannah M. Laise (Findlay, OH). Betty and Bill celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2018 just a few months prior to Bill’s death.
Betty taught school for only a few years after graduating college. She worked for many years in retail at AB Wyckoff’s Department store in Stroudsburg, PA, mostly in the women’s/lingerie department. One of her job responsibilities was helping women get fitted for the correct bra, including working with post-mastectomy patients. Betty was known for her perfect Christmas gift wrapping skills which she provided at work during the holidays as well as for her family at home (family would almost feel bad ripping open the presents!). Her son and granddaughter carry on her “perfect” gift-wrapping tradition. AB Wyckoff’s was sold to Routzahn’s Department Store where Betty continued to work until it’s closure. Betty was able to join Bill in retirement at that time. In her retirement, Betty enjoyed traveling with Bill around the United States via automobile visiting many national parks, attractions, landmarks, and other out-of-the-way places.
Betty was a dedicated wife and mother, which was very evident in her taking care of the household. She was well-known for having meticulous table settings for holiday/birthday/special occasion meals. Betty was also known for her cooking for those meals, including her famous 6-layer lasagna that became our Christmas tradition so that she could enjoy being with the family instead of being in the kitchen cooking all morning!
Betty was a former member of the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, member of the Order of Eastern Star/Order of the Amaranth, member of American Gold Star Mothers, and a lifetime member of the George N. Kemp Post 346 American Legion Auxiliary in East Stroudsburg.
Betty will be missed by her son, daughter-in-law Lorali Myers-Laise, grandchildren, sister, nephew, extended family, and her friends she made at Primrose Retirement Community. No public services will be held. At a later date, Betty and Bill will be reunited with their son Keith with a burial at Prospect Cemetery in East Stroudsburg, PA.