Betty Jane's Story
Betty Jane Trontel, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Sharon Regional Medical Center. She was 77.
Mrs. Trontel was born March 6, 1940, in Farrell. She was the daughter of Andrew and Lena (Krkanich) Bukovinsky. She was raised in Farrell and graduated from Farrell High School in 1957.
After high school, Betty Jane started her career working for First Federal Savings and Loan Association, where she enjoyed spending time with her many customers and co-workers. When Betty Jane and her husband Jerry decided to start a family, she changed careers. Becoming a "full-time mother" was the best "job" she ever had. She took pride in being there to raise her three sons. She enjoyed being able to spend every day with them, helping them learn, play, and mature. She attended their many activities and events while helping them grow into young men. Her care and love for her sons during this time was truly appreciated. Once her children were grown, Betty Jane worked for the Hermitage School District. Her 15 years of employment with the schools included positions as an administrative assistant and as a teacher's aide for the fifth and sixth grades. She experienced much joy assisting these students. Betty Jane retired in 2002.
Mrs. Trontel was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, and the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage.
Throughout her life, Betty Jane actively volunteered for numerous organizations and clubs. In addition, she was involved with many booster programs and fundraising activities within the Hermitage School District.
An exceptional seamstress and cook, she was a particularly talented baker and always took the time to bake her children's birthday cakes.
Betty Jane enjoyed opening her home to others and entertaining family and friends, especially during the holidays and summer picnics. Everyone knew that the party or event was going to be at the Trontel house, and that they were always welcomed there.
On Aug. 26, 1961, she married the love of her life, Gerald J. Trontel. A beautiful Catholic wedding Mass was celebrated by Rev. John S. Cizmar at St. Ann's Church in Farrell. A reception was held for their family and friends at the Slovak Home. Her husband Jerry passed away on June 12, 2003.
Surviving are: three sons, James G. Trontel and his wife Teresa, Hermitage; Gerald "Jerry" Trontel and his wife Krisann, Clark; and Mark A. Trontel and his wife Kimberly, Hermitage; a brother, Andrew Buko-vinsky and his wife Phyllis, Columbus, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Bridge and Ronald Morsillo, both Hermitage; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew, and Christopher Trontel of Hermitage; Aaron, Jared, and Collin Trontel of Clark; and Mark II, Anthony, Nicholas, and Ryan Trontel of Hermitage.
Betty Jane's 10 grandsons brought endless joy to her life. They all loved their "Grammie" and she will be sadly missed by them. They will always cherish the time spent with her. The memories of sleep-overs, playing in the yard, enjoying holidays together, and sharing endless feasts at her house will provide many stories to share with each other as they recall these wonderful times together.
In addition to her husband, Betty Jane was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Josephine Morsillo and Mary Ann Bridge.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Buhl Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Betty Jane, 77, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (1-12-18) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Funeral Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (1-13-18) in the Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, with the Rev. Richard Allen, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 9, 2018