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Thursday November 3rd, 2022
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Betty Mae (Keil) Gehrig

Betty Mae (Keil) Gehrig, 95, of Danville, widow of George F. Gehrig, passed peacefully from this earth on Saturday morning, October 29, 2022, at her home.

Betty was filled with love; love for the Lord, her family, her friends, and all animals who were lucky enough to reside at the Gehrig home. She was born in Jersey Shore, PA on May 9, 1927, to John and Ruth (Daubert) Keil, raised by her grandparents, Rev. Raymond Daubert and Sue Daubert and Aunt Ethel (“Eckie”) Daubert. Her deep faith was rooted in her upbringing by her grandfather, a Methodist minister, who later would be assigned to Danville.

Betty moved to Danville as a 6th grader and began the love story that would shape her life. She moved across the street from a handsome 7th grader named George Gehrig (born exactly one year earlier than her, to the day) and was smitten with him from the first day she laid eyes on him. She looked on as he played baseball, rode his bike, and leapt the backyard fence in one swift motion. George didn’t stand a chance. Betty made it her mission to be his girl. And his girl she finally became 5 years later. “Betsy”, as George affectionately called her, became his wife in 1949 and they were married for 69 years when he passed away in 2018. Their love for each other deepened each year. They were united in their devotion to God, service to the community, and commitment to family. They enjoyed a lifetime of family vacations in Ocean City, New Jersey, sitting on their special bench near the Music Pier, eating Mack & Manco Pizza, and enjoying time with multiple generations of Gehrigs. They were lifelong members of Trinity Lutheran Church where both taught Sunday School and sang in the choir.

Together they raised two daughters, Georgia Jones and Linda Tessarvich (Wayne), along with playing a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren:  Joshua Jones (Melanie), Zachary Jones (Jennifer), Sara Tessarvich, Leah Tessarvich, Anna Tessarvich, and great-grandchildren Carlie Jones and Zoe Jones. Betty was sister-in-law to Fay Gehrig Clark and Earl Gehrig (Anna Jean); cousin to Bill Daubert (Melissa), and Ed Daubert; and aunt to Ann Clark Bishop (Ralph), Joan Clark Jones (Richard), Frank Gehrig (Glenda), Barbara Gehrig Garrison, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.  

Betty lovingly tended to her beloved pets Sandy, Kelly, and many others. She faithfully fed the backyard birds, squirrels, and as legend would have it, she even fed the hungry ants a time or two.

Betty graduated from Danville High School in 1945 and the Geisinger School of Nursing in 1948. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Geisinger for many years. After her retirement, she continued at Geisinger as a volunteer.

Four years after George’s passing, the pair is reunited. Their love is infinite, surpassing the bounds of the earthly world, and extending into the afterlife. They are an inspiration to their family, teaching lessons about how to love and be loved.

A viewing will be held at the Roat-Kriner funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Rd., Danville, on Thursday evening, November 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of Church and Market Streets, Danville, with visitation at 1:00 pm. A private burial will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

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Dear Tessarvich family,
We are sorry for your loss. Your mother and grandmother was such a lovely lady. I am so glad we were blessed to meet her and for Kyle to get to know and love her. Her kindness to him is beyond measure. Keep your wonderful memories of her and your dad and Grandfather (such an adorable couple)close to you and let them comfort you through these days.

Charlie and Jean Boyes and Family Nov 3 2022 7:04 PM

Dear Georgia, how blessed you've been to have had such a godly,loving mother! I am sad for your loss, but rejoice in the knowledge that someday we will be reunited in heaven ❤️

Outi Oostdyk Nov 1 2022 10:20 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Gehrig

Connie Smith Oct 31 2022 1:47 PM

So very sorry to read this post but what an inspiration your Mother was to so many and not just family! Your heart is aching but she is reunited with her true mate and will be a constant watch over the family here!

Deborah Kay Bausch Oct 31 2022 6:58 AM

Many beautiful memories of Mrs Gehrig as well as her beloved husband Mr Gehrig from Trinity Lutheran Church in Danville Pa. Very kind down to earth folks. Rest In Peace.

Molly Freeze Scogno Oct 30 2022 10:38 PM

Linda and family, I'm so sorry that your parents are no longer here on this earth with you, but I pray our Comforter will give you everything He has to offer during this time. Always remember: Love Wins.

Barbara Fruin Oct 30 2022 10:13 PM