Mary “Betty” Rothrock


Mary “Betty” Rothrock, 99, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 27 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was the daughter of the late Sidney and Mary Day of Jersey City, NJ and Beach Lake, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward.

Born in Jersey City, she moved to Roselle Park, NJ in 1956 with her husband and her two children. She was an active member of the Roselle Park Community Methodist Church. As a young woman, she joined the Order of the Eastern Star. Betty and her husband were active in this Masonic organization, both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She was recently awarded a certificate from Eastern Star for her membership of 80 years.

Betty and her parents started vacationing in Wayne County in the 1930s, and her parents eventually built a vacation home in Beach Lake. She worked as the executive assistant to the president of Miller Northern Corporation, a printing and engraving company in Roselle Park. In 1988, after 30 years of service, Betty retired and moved full time to Beach Lake. For more than 25 years, she was a member of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, volunteering at the hospital’s gift shop and the Other Shop 2 in Hawley, PA. She enjoyed traveling, seeing shows—especially on Broadway—and spending time with her family in New Jersey and Connecticut.

She is survived by her loved ones: daughter Elizabeth Zawacki and her husband, Robert, of Windsor, CT; son Daniel Rothrock and his wife, Dianne, of Beach Lake; granddaughter Jennifer Zawacki and her partner, Raymond Hughes; grandson Andrew Rothrock and his wife, Megan; and great-granddaughters Samantha, Aubrey and Genevieve Rothrock.

The family would like to thank all the people who were her caregivers in her later years: the friends and neighbors from Beach Lake, Loise Johnson, Dr. Paula Bennett and the loving and caring staff of Bethany Village. All the cards that she has been receiving in anticipation of her 100th birthday will be treasured as a remembrance of a life well-lived.

A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family at their convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the memorial fund of Bethany Village, 150 Noble Ln., Bethany, PA 18431 or Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 601 Park St., Honesdale, PA. 18431.

Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main St., Honesdale, PA.