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Elizabeth Keeley-Kovacs

December 2, 2008

Mrs. Elizabeth H. (Betsy) Keeley-Kovacs, 72, a resident of North Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday afternoon in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born July 18, 1936 in Ann Arbor, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Harold D. and Laura M. (Barker) Hoekstra. She was a 1954 graduate of the Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Va. She furthered her education by attaining a Bachelor’s degree in 1959 in Architecture from Penn State University.

Betsy was a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Until retiring from her professional career in January of 2002, she was employed as an architect with the Quad 3 Group of Wilkes-Barre for many years.

She was associated with Dukey’s Cafe, Brookside, the former Bobby’s Place and more recently, the North End Tavern, both of North Wilkes-Barre.

She held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens Club of Wilkes-Barre.

In addition to her parents, Betsy was preceded in death by her first husband, William C. Keeley, and by her second husband, John D. Kovacs Jr.

Surviving are her daughters, Anne Martindale, of Fultonham, N.Y., and Laura Keeley, of Key West, Fla.; brothers Tom Hoekstra and his wife, Gio, of Midlothian, Va.; Dirk Hoekstra and his wife, Venny, of Los Altos, Calif.; sister Mrs. Ann Geis and her husband, Chuck, of North Huntingdon, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may join Betsy’s family for visitation on Friday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will be on a future date in Battle Creek, Mich. For those wishing to send her family an online remembrance, please visit our Web site at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

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