Betty A. Tretola


Betty A. Tretola, age 96, of Gloversville, joined her family and friends in heaven on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, Gloversville.

She was born February 12, 1924, in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Eurben and Ruth Oathout Ward. She worked at Decca Record Company, which became MCA Record Company, from which she retired in 1989 following 34 years of service. Betty went on to enjoy 26 years of a lovely retirement, traveling with girlfriends, spending the winters in Florida with her daughter and spending time with her favorite companion, Razell. She had a passion for playing bingo which was only exceeded by her passion for cooking and baking.

Betty was a member of the former First Presbyterian Church in Gloversville, the Ida McGinness Senior Citizens and the 55Plus Senior Citizens. She was Tenant Commissioner for Gloversville Housing Authority and President of Kingsboro Towers Tennant’s Association for several terms.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Ann Tretola, as well nieces and nephews, Christopher Ward (Sandra), William Jeffrey Ward (Sherrill), Shelly Hinkle (Alan), Michael Ward, Misty Ward and David Ward (Jeanette). Cousins surviving are Betty Jane Burek, Leo Unger and Joan Thompson.

In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her brothers, William F. Ward and Robert J. Ward.

The family will receive relatives and friends from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bonnie Orth officiating.

Interment will take place 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be to the Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 or Nathan Littauer Nursing Home Activities Fund, 99 E. State St., Gloversville, NY 12078.

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By Kerry Minor

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