Betty June Whitcomb

SALEM – Betty June Whitcomb, 92, of Salem, died at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at the Blossom Nursing and Rehab Center in Salem.

She was born July 14, 1921, in Sebring, Ohio, daughter of the late George and Tillie (Haberland) Lucas.

Betty was a member of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1939 and a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Salem. She worked at the Lustig’s Shoe Store and then for the Louis Tobin Detention Center, retiring in 1981.

She was a member of the Salem Elks Lodge #305 Ladies Auxiliary, Salem AMVETS Auxiliary, Salem Eagles #316, Italian-American Club and the Slovak Club.

Her husband, Bruce Whitcomb, whom she married June 27, 1942, preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1982. A brother, Alvin Lucas also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (Dennis) Bell of Lisbon and Debbie (Randall) Erath of Salem; five grandchildren, Richard (Ingrid) Albanse, Anthony Albanse, Thomas (Erica) Albanse, Amie (Richard) Cochran and Brad Erath; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Madeleine, Henry, Evelyn and Elsie Albanse and Abigail and Halle Cochran; a sister, Doris Gilliland of Alabama; a brother, Robert (Dorothy) Lucas of East Liverpool.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Holy Trinity English Lutheran Church with the Rev. Connie Sassanella officiating.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1089 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

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