Elizabeth Mae Heaney
Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Heaney, 83, formerly a longtime resident of East Edgewood Avenue in Neshannock Township, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2020, at Avalon Place, New Castle.
Mrs. Heaney was born on May 31, 1936, in Slippery Rock Township, a daughter of the late Philo and Pearl (Minteer) Taggart.
For many years, Betty worked alongside her husband, Joe, as they owned and operated Joe's Place Wholesale in Pulaski. She previously worked as a cafeteria server at Neshannock Township Elementary School and the former St. Mary's Parochial Grade School in New Castle.
Betty attended St. James the Apostle Church, Holy Spirit Parish in Pulaski; and was formerly a member of St. Camillus Church, Neshannock Township, and a longtime member of St. Mary's Church, New Castle.
In years past, she enjoyed bowling in several leagues and water skiing.
Betty loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Her husband, Joseph M. Heaney, whom she married on Jan. 30, 1954, preceded her in death on April 1, 2017.
She is survived by three daughters, Diane (Charles) Bell of Pulaski, Debra (Karl) Hermann of Wampum and Michele Barrett; two sons, Don (Jackie) Heaney of Beaver Falls and Michael (Connie) Heaney of West Middlesex; a brother, Philo Taggart Jr. of Sarasota, Florida; 10 grandchildren, Natalie (Bryan) Bell Williams, Jennifer (Steve Zias) Heaney, Tiffany Bell, Patrick (Jill) Heaney, Lucas Heaney, Justin Bell, Karl (Kaetlyn) Hermann, Amanda (fiance, Jake Jaros) Hermann, Alan (Andrea) Hermann and Joseph McCollum; six stepgrandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Trusel.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be held immediately following at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ted Saad officiating.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Union Township.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on February 21, 2020

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Charles and Marlene Stoddard and family
Feb 22, 2020
So sorry to hear of Betty passing . We are out of town but wanted to express our sympathy .
Mary Anne Lancaster
Feb 22, 2020
Dear Diane, Chuck and Family,
I send my deepest sympathy and love to you on the loss of your Mom and Grandma, but think how wonderful for her to have had her last days so full of love and joy, seeing your faces (and those of the whole Heaney family) each time she opened her eyes! What a wonderful tribute to have such a loving family! I am sending lots of hugs, kisses, thoughts and prayers until I can deliver them in person! I love you, my dearest friends!