Betty A. Rafferty

July 26, 1921 ‒ October 29, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Betty A. Rafferty, 96, of Galion passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Galion Community Hospital.

Born July 26, 1921 in Fremont, she was the daughter of George and Alta (King) Longanbach. She married Eldon O. Rafferty on April 20, 1947 and he preceded her on April 19, 1997.

She was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School in 1939 and a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Galion. Prior to her marriage Betty worked at the Howard Zink Corporation in Fremont, later at the American Lutheran Church offices in Columbus and then was a secretary at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Toledo. After her marriage to Eldon they worked together on their dairy farm.

She is survived by daughter Betty (Joe) Manley of Galion; daughter-in-law Darlene (Dan) Foos of Richwood; grandchildren Dorene (George) Stirm, Jerusha (Rick) Walker, Levi (Elizabeth) Rafferty and Ayesha (Jeff) Fraizer and great-grandchildren CJ Stirm, Gracie Stirm, Kennan Walker, Brant Walker, Phoebe Rafferty, Jake Rafferty, Ben Rafferty, Daniel Fraizer, Lillian Fraizer and Andrew Fraizer.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by son Eldon Rafferty, Jr., infant son Paul Rafferty and sister Georgia Maye Nitschke.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Additional calling will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until services which will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 129 West Walnut Street, Galion, Ohio 44833 with Rev. Richard Genzman officiating. Burial will follow at Iberia Cemetery

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  • I am so sorry to read about Betty’s death. What a special and hard working person she was. I missed her at our CCSG meetings when she had to leave our board,but she always supported our mission at the food pantry. I am so glad that I got to talk to her recently. Rest in peace Betty. Praying for all of the family.

  • To Betty’s Family: All of you were loved by her. Her Lord and family members were her priority, pride and joy. You have our sympathy, peace and love. Jan & Tom Gledhill

  • Please accept our heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, God rest her soul.

  • My aunt Betty was truly a family treasure, always cheerful, helpful, and able to be counted on. Any family would have been blessed by her presence but ours was especially. We always enjoyed our visit to their farms, remembering the special smells and auras that emanated from the homes, fields, and farm buildings. Both Eldon and Betty will ever live in my families memory.

  • I always appreciated seeing Betty at the Longanbach Reunions. She was a delightful person who will be sorely missed. My condolences to the family. I will keep your family in prayer.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this time of sorrow.
    Love you, Sandy and Amy Milum

  • I was saddened to learn of Betty’s passing. I got to know her through Bible School. She was a wonderful, caring person and I certainly am happy God chose to cross our paths. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved Betty. She was always such an inspiration. She was always so pleasant and always had such a beautiful smile. Her love for Jesus shined through her in such a beautiful way and so she so deeply cared about everyone. When my daughter, Cara, was young and attended VBS at Peace Lutheran she had the joy of having Betty as her teacher. Betty never forgot that and always asked about Cara. When I told Cara of her passing, she said “oh, she was always so sweet.” She always sent Loyd and I a Christmas card each year and it always had a special little note in it. She will be greatly missed. I’m sure she is rejoicing in Heaven with her Lord and Savior or her loved ones that went on before her. I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to attend the service. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

  • My brother, sisters and I were blessed to have Mrs. Rafferty as our Sunday School teacher. She was always the epitome of grace and class. She taught us all how to live our Christian faith, and I know she is now in Heaven with our Lord surrounded by her loved ones. May her family take solace in knowing that she touched many lives. God grant you peace during this difficult time.

    The Hull Family