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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (Knopf) Westdyke

Obituary for Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (Knopf) Westdyke

July 23, 1931 - October 13, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 86

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Westdyke, Elizabeth Ann "Betty" (Knopf) was born July 23, 1931, in Paterson, NJ, the eldest daughter of the late George R. and Elsie F. (Pikaart) Knopf. She passed away on October 13, 2017, in Austin, TX, following a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Abraham Westdyke, her sister Kathryn Knopf, step-daughter and step-son-in-law Cecelia and Louis Ungerer, step-daughter-in-law M. Jayne Westdyke, and step-grandsons Louis Ungerer, Jr., and Robert Westdyke, Jr.

Betty is survived by her sister Lois Lennon (Harry) of Scarsdale, NY, and by her children Anne of Austin; George (Marlese) of Bartonsville, PA; John of Philadelphia, PA; Mary Wittman (Steven) of Austin, TX; Joseph of Sellersville, PA; step-daughters Alice Botti (William) of Eaton Rapids, MI, and Susan Westdyke (Chris Devry) of St. Petersburg, FL; and step-sons Michael (Theresa) of Sussex, NJ, and Robert of Hawley, PA. Betty leaves behind grandchildren Allison, Cassidy, and Chase Wittman of Austin, TX; Aiden, Jacob, and Kathryn Westdyke of Sellersville, PA; Jessica Westdyke of Canton, OH, and Kali Mock of Portsmouth, NH. She also leaves two nieces, Lisa Yellen (Stephen) of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Linda Lennon (Dennis Smith) of Newark, DE; a nephew, David Lennon (Rochelle) of Newtown, PA; two great-grandchildren; two great-nephews and a great-niece; 10 step-grandchildren, and 27 step-great-grandchildren.

A Registered Nurse who served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during the Korean Conflict, Betty made good use of military discipline and Jersey Girl attitude to manage a large, blended, and sometimes raucous family. And manage it she did – without the use of nannies or firearms. When she retired from nursing in 1986, she turned her attention to providing warm hats, which she knitted almost entirely with donated yarn, for homeless individuals in Philadelphia, and, later, for Native American children on northern reservations. By her count, she knitted more than a thousand hats. She moved to Austin in 2008 to be close to her daughters. In what can only be described as a supreme irony, a stroke she suffered in 2013 left her with only one physical disability: the inability to knit. Though we were never able to learn why, and she never stopped trying, that was the end of her hat-knitting career. Despite this disappointment, she often remarked that she was more contented than at any other time in her life. Betty lived every day to the fullest, laughing easily and often, and had no fear of death. Rather, she looked forward to going home to her Lord and Savior, where we suspect she has regained the ability to knit.

Visitation is on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, S. Congress Avenue, from 6-8 pm with recitation of the Rosary at 7 pm.

The Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be said at St. Mary Cathedral on Friday, October 20 at 1:30 pm.

Burial to follow in Assumption Cemetery.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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