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Betty J. (Hartzell) Favinger

d. April 15, 2024


Betty J. Favinger, 86, a longtime resident of Bath, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2024, at Cedar Crest Post Acute in Salisbury Township.  She was the wife of the late Russell W. Favinger, with whom she shared 23 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2001.

Born in Bethlehem, Betty was the daughter of the late Edward H. Sr. and Beatrice S. (Moser) Hartzell.  She was a graduate of Liberty High School, Class of 1955.  For nearly 20 years, Betty was employed at UGI Utilities, Inc., where she worked in the meter reading department office before retiring in 1998.  A member of the Bath Republican Club, Betty enjoyed playing bingo, was an avid collector of owls, and loved listening to the music of Elvis.

Survivors: Betty’s loving family include her daughter, Heather Smith and fiancé, Joe Daignault, of Walnutport; son, Terry Mariani of Schnecksville; niece, Keri Beers, of Las Vegas, NV; four grandsons, Michael Mariani, Matthew Mariani and wife, Rachel, Hunter Smith, and Logan Smith; three great-grandchildren, Antonio, Madison and Lilly Mariani; a great-great-grandson, Enzo; along with nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Russell, she was predeceased by a son, Anthony E. Mariani; a daughter, Sheila Mariani; a grandson, Anthony E. Mariani, II; and two brothers, Carl L. “Corky” and Edward H. Hartzell, Jr.

Services: Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering to celebrate Betty’s life on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 12:00 NOON to 2:00 P.M. in the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2165 Community Drive, Route 946, in the Village of Moorestown – Bath, PA 18014.  Burial at Hope Cemetery in Hecktown will be held privately with the family.  Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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