Betty J. Topper, 88

APRIL 1, 1923-DEC. 5, 2011

December 06, 2011
  • Betty J. Topper
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Mrs. Betty Jane (Smith) Topper, 88, of 148 W. North St. in Waynesboro, Pa., died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at 9:50 p.m. at her home. She had been in failing health for the past year.  

Born April 1, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Edgar Warren Smith Sr. and Anna Margaret (Wagner) Smith. She lived her early life in Hagerstown.  

Mrs. Topper graduated from Hagerstown High School with the class of 1941.  

She and her husband, the late F. Eugene Topper, were married Sept. 30, 1946, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

They moved to West North Street in February 1953. Mr. Topper died March 31, 2002.  

In her early life, Mrs. Topper was an orthodontic assistant for Dr. Moore in Hagerstown. Following her marriage, she was a homemaker and enjoyed being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  

She was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Waynesboro.

She was a former member of Beta Y Gradale at the YMCA and the Waynesboro Area Senior High School Band Auxiliary.  

Mrs. Topper was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching all sports on TV, especially the Baltimore Orioles.  

She is survived by two children, Cecelia A. “Kitty” Haugh and her husband, Jim, of Waynesboro, and Thomas E. Topper and his wife, Ann, of Waynesboro; four grandsons, James A. “Jimmy” Haugh Jr. of Waynesboro, David A. Haugh of Waynesboro, Brian Topper of Winchester, Va., and Steven Topper of Waynesboro; two great-grandsons, Cody L. Vallalonga and Brady Quinn Haugh; her childhood friend and sister-in-law, Anna Jean Smith of Hagerstown; her special caregiver, Donna Trace of Waynesboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in by three brothers, E. Warren Smith Jr., James L. Smith and Nelson Smith.   

A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. John Bateman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery, Waynesboro.  

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew School or St. Andrew Church, both of 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

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