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Betty Pittinger

January 14, 2024

Betty Pittinger Obituary

Ms. Betty Pittinger, 94, entered the arms of the Lord, surrounded by His heavenly angels on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

On Saturday, January 27th. at 9:45AM, family and friends are invited to gather directly at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Linden where a funeral mass will be offered at 10:00AM.  The prayers of the committal will precede Betty’s burial in the family plot in St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, New Jersey. 

Please omit flowers.  Donations in Betty's memory may be made to either Rafael's Life House, Inc. 231 Court Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07206 or the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers online at

Betty, the daughter of the late Veronika K. Durst Pittinger (1976) and the late Frank Pittinger (1966) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and she has resided in Linden, New Jersey since October 25, 1938. 

Betty was a career woman throughout her entire life in an age where that was not the norm.  She was employed as an executive assistant for over forty-five years in the banking and insurance industry in New York City, including AIG, until her well-deserved retirement in 1994.

Betty enjoyed stimulating conversation and delighted in the company of her friends and family.  She was a voracious reader of nineteenth-century novels, particularly Jane Austen, and she fondly recalled her travels on ocean liners in their heyday.

Betty loved classical music and opera.  When her nieces and nephew were young, Betty frequently brought them to the ballet to see the Nutcracker at Christmas time to help instill her love for classical music in all of them. 

She often went to the Metropolitan Opera, especially with her Norwegian friends from one of her earlier jobs at a Norwegian shipping company.  This circle of friends continued to thrive, and they would often go out together in the city.  Loyal friends, they kept in touch with Betty until her passing. 

A true romantic to her core, Betty also loved art and she would spend countless hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She loved the Old Masters, Rembrandt in particular, as well as the Impressionists. 

It was no secret, that another of Betty’s great loves were her cats.  She had several over the years, and Betty always named them after the characters in Beethoven operas: Fidelio, Marcelline, Leonore and Florestan.  Her current cat’s name is Samuel (she ran out of Beethoven characters) and he has gone down to Virginia to live out his days with her nephew Bill’s family, who are also cat lovers.

Betty is survived by her sister, Amelia P. Wise and her husband, Richard; her nephew, William M. Wise and his wife, Dianne; her two nieces, Gail Wise and her wife, Lynne Kirste and Laura D. Wise and her husband, Joseph E. Fodor; her five great nieces and nephews and her wonderful neighbors, her church community and her forever friends.

Betty lived an astonishing life, filled with arts, music, travel, a great career, but most of all a loving and caring family.  Her bright light is now extinguished here on earth but is lighting her path in the heavens.  Betty will be deeply missed, but she will never be forgotten.

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Gathering of Family & Friends Directly at the Church
January 27, 2024

9:45 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church (Linden)
220 East Blancke Street
Linden, NJ 07036

Mass of Christian Burial
January 27, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church (Linden)
220 East Blancke Street
Linden, NJ 07036

Committal Service & Burial in the family plot
January 27, 2024

11:30 AM
St. Gertrude Cemetery, New Jersey, Colonia
53 Inman Avenue
Colonia, NJ 07067


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