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Elizabeth "Bette" Sentigar

Thursday, August 20, 1925Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elizabeth “Bette” Sentigar, 91, a resident of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, April 19, 2017, at Kingston Health Care Center.

Her beloved husband was the late Michael Sentigar, who passed away on October 10, 1997. Michael and Bette were blessed to shared 54 wonderful years of marriage.

Born on August 20, 1925, in Jenkins Township, Bette was one of seven children born to the late Sylvester and Agnes (Coutts) Lewis.

An 89-year resident of Swoyersville, Bette was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, Class of 1943.

Bette was a lifelong member of Stella Presbyterian Church, Forty Fort.

Active in community affairs, Bette served as the Recording and Financial Secretary of the Maltby Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary, the Recording Secretary for the Swoyersville Junior Football’s “Pom-Pom” Girls, and also served as an ambulance attendant for the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association.

In the late 1970’s, the Maltby Fire Company was one of the first to implement a junior firefighter program, and it was during this time that Bette’s husband, Michael, was the fire chief. Bette was fondly called “Ma Sentigar” by the junior firefighters, and whenever they needed pants hemmed or a patch sewn on their uniform, “Ma Sentigar” would drop whatever she was doing to help them. Today, those same firefighters, who are now in their 50’s, still refer to Bette as “Ma Sentigar”.

A woman of many enjoyments, Bette especially enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and reading mysteries and thrillers. She was also a diehard fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In addition to her parents, Sylvester and Agnes Lewis, and her husband, Michael, Bette was preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew, Thomas, and Gerald Lewis; and her baby sister, Leona.

Bette is survived by her five children, Reverend Michael Sentigar, Tucson, Arizona; Cynthia Sentigar, Philadelphia; Veronica Koval and her husband, Raymond, Swoyersville; Lisa Konopka and her husband, John, Swoyersville; and Patricia Sentigar, with whom she resided; her seven grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren (some of who called her “Nana the Great”);  her one great-great granddaughter; her brother, Bryce Lewis, Shavertown; her sister, Barbara Coslosky, Luzerne; her numerous nieces and nephews; and her faithful companion, her dog, Daisy.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Funeral Service to be celebrated at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Denison Cemetery, Denison Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend William Lukesh, Pastor of Stella Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and again on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the Sentigar Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home web-site

In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Bette’s memory to the Maltby Fire Company, 253 Owen Street, Swoyersville, PA 18704, or to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.


Service Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:30am

A viewing for Bette will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and again on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home no later than 9:45 AM on Saturday morning.

Bette’s Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Denison Cemetery, Denison Street, Swoyersville.

Interment will follow in the Denison Cemetery.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.


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We wish to offer our condolences to the Sentigar family, especially to Cynthia. Mrs. Sentigar was a wonderful person, and she will be greatly missed.
Cindy, I just want you to know I'm thinking of you and your family in your time of loss.
Our condolences to the Sentigar family, especially my classmate, Cindi. May you treasure memories of your Mom and laugh when recalling happier times. God be with her.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one.  It is not an easy thing for any of us to go through.  This bible scripture at Revelation 21: 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have past away." I hope this brings your family some comfort as it has mine.

It was really nice to be able to handle everything in one place.