Elizabeth "Bette"'s Story

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Elizabeth "Bette" Ann (Tilley) Fassbach, 75, of New Castle passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, while under the care of UPMC-Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Bette was born on Feb. 20, 1942, in North Arlington, New Jersey, a daughter of the late James C. and Rita C. (Shields) Tilley.
There are people who improve the lives of all those whom they touch. Bette was one of them. She was a kind woman of deep faith, who lived to smile at her children to remind them that she was proud of them. The highlight of the year was when she would sing Handel's Hallelujah chorus during Easter services at the top of her soprano range to the stunned surprise of those who surrounded her.
A long lover of the arts, Bette would never miss a routine from Dorothy Hamill, dance from Mikhail Baryshnikov or the bellowing tenor of Luciano Pavarotti. She loved speaking Spanish, cooking wonderful food, crossword puzzles, John Wayne movies and her laugh could be heard across the street when you got her going.
Bette lived in the New Castle/New Wilmington area for 25 years.
She was a member of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. The family is grateful for the support the church gave her over the years.
She and her husband, Bob were owners of Lickity Split, a sandwich and ice cream shop in Mercer. They also owned a Sears store in Grove City. They made many friendships during these years of store ownership.
In the end, Bette loved her family the most, with a deep and abiding affection that knew no end.
She is survived by Robert Fassbach, her husband of 30 years; her daughters, Lisa Tatusko of Ithaca, New York, Amy Lecates of Pittsville, Maryland, and Susan McNulty, of Mt. Airy, Maryland; her son, Andrew Tatusko of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania; her brother, Christopher Tilley of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James and Donald Tilley.
May her love continue to persist among her beloved and may her memory be eternal.
Bette's family will welcome friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at King Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park, Pennsylvania.
A funeral service will follow immediately at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ted Martin officiating.
She will be laid to rest at Trinity-Dorseyville Cemetery in Dorseyville, Pennsylvania.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to Bette's family at www.kingfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 24, 2017
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