Bettylene Franzus, 86, of Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her residence in Johnson City, TN.
She was born in Chicago, IL, to the late Herman Aaron and Rosalie Freida Sudak Welsch.
She had a long career as a high school science teacher in New Jersey. She returned to school soon after arriving in Johnson City in 1967 and earned her master’s degree in microbiology. She then worked as a supervisor at Takoma Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville, TN.
Bettylene then worked as a research assistant in the Department of Internal Medicine before retiring from the VA Medical Center in 2001. In 2002, she went to the Marshall Islands as a volunteer high school teacher and she remained there for five years, helping to create a work-study program in science fields for high school students.
When she returned, she enrolled as a graduate student and earned a Master’s of Education in School Library Media in 2010. She developed plans to modernize the school library at Majuro High School and at the time of her death she was reorganizing and cataloging the books and materials in the Betty Francis Ginsburg library at B’nai Sholom Congregation, Bristol, TN, where she also served as congregation vice president.
She is preceded in death by: husband, Boris Franzus; son, Benjamin Samuel Franzus.
Bettylene is survived by: two sons, Dr. David Harold Franzus, of Kingsport, TN, Martin Joseph Franzus; four grandchildren, Jessica Scofield, Aaron Franzus, Jennifer Franzus Roberts, Ty Iaasc Franzus; three great grandchildren, Alivia Roberts, Leah Roberts, Joseph Roberts IV; and many friends.
The family of Bettylene Franzus will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, in the Morris-Baker North Chapel.
The funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. with the Student Rabbi Noah Scacciaferro officiating. We will be leaving in procession immediately following the service for a 12:00 noon graveside committal service at the B’nai Sholom Cemetery in Bristol, VA.
The family will receive visitors at the home of her son, David, 3304 Hull Dr., Kingsport, TN 37664, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to B’nai Sholom Congregation, P.O. Box 271, Johnson City, TN 37605-0271.
Memories and condolonces may be shared with the Franzus family via www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Franzus family. (423) 282-1521