Hannah Elizabeth “Betty” Weitzel, 93, went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Dec. 19, 2009, at her home, following a period of declining health.

Born Dec. 16, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of Henry and Gertrude Luhmann Brown.  She was educated locally and was a 1934 graduate of Upper Darby High School. Betty furthered her education taking night courses at both the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Philadelphia School of the Bible.

As a young woman Betty was employed with Bell Telephone and Sun Oil Company as a draftsman.

On June 18, 1949, she married Paul E. Weitzel II at Grace Chapel in Havertown, Pa.  The couple resided in Pennsylvania for 14 years. They vacationed in Maine every summer, following the tradition set by Mr. Weitzel’s grandfather and parents who traveled from the Philadelphia area to Southport Island from the early 1900s. After moving to Maine in 1963, Betty and her family worshiped at the Boothbay Baptist Church where they had for many summers.

When her children were young, Betty enjoyed teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Later, after moving to Wiscasset, she was also involved in Pioneer Girls Clubs at Boothbay Baptist. Betty loved the Lord and prayed often for family and friends.

Along with her husband, Betty enjoyed attending and having yard sales, and going antiquing. In the early years of their marriage they worked at silver jewelry making.  Betty was known for her beautiful gardens and flower arrangements.  Her family remembered she had an extensive knowledge of flowers and could identify them by their proper names when driving by other gardens.

Betty was an avid reader and an excellent cook and hostess. She loved her family and enjoyed having them visit throughout the year, frequently preparing favorite recipes. Betty was a member of the Rug Club in the Rockland area and the Christian Women’s Club in Damariscotta.

Her daughters said she enjoyed writing poetry, especially at Christmas, something they will all miss this year.

Predeceased by her husband in February of this year, Mrs. Weitzel is survived by her three daughters, Karen E. Weitzel of Warren, Maine and Lititz, Pennsylvania; Kristin A. Mayer and her husband James of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; Karli J. DeHart and her husband Tim of Warren, Maine; her grandchildren, Lindsay Spreadbury and her husband Jon of Winter Garden, Florida; Melody Mayer of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; Nichole Reitz and her husband Nicholas of Paxinos, Pennsylvania; Paul DeHart and his wife Carrie of Urbana, Ohio; Julia Hudson and her husband Dan of Eaton Rapids, Michigan; and her great-grandchildren, Oliver Reitz, Karen Reitz, Grace Hudson, Danny Hudson, Timmy Hudson and Judson DeHart.

A home-going celebration will be held Monday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at West Rockport Baptist Church.  The Rev. David English will officiate.  Private interment will follow at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to West Rockport Baptist Church, Missions Fund, P.O. Box 221, West Rockport, Maine 04865.

To sign Mrs. Weitzel’s online guest book, visit www.bchfh.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.