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 Gassman, Betty C.
Born: 01/04/1924
Died: 06/24/2014
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Gassman, Betty C.

Betty Ehrengart Gassman, age 90 of Sparta, NJ passed away peacefully Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at Newton Medical Center.   

            The only daughter of the late Charles D. and Marien V. (Trezise) Ehrengart, Betty was a founding member of Lake Mohawk.   

            In the 1940’s Betty was a Pan Am stewardess and nurse, but she will be remembered most for her devotion, skill and creativity teaching kindergarten and other grades from 1965-1986 at Helen Morgan School in Sparta.  More than 1000 children got their first wonder-filled taste of school in her classroom where she taught both academics and compassion.  Active in her community, Betty served during holidays at Manna House Soup Kitchen in Newton. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Sparta Methodist Church.

            Predeceased by two sons, Charles Thomas and Gregg Robert Gassman, Betty is survived by her daughter Juliet Limmer of Indian Land, SC and her son Mace Gassman of Hopatcong, NJ, as well as four loving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.   

            Friends, family, former colleagues and students are invited to a celebratory service on Saturday, August 16th at 2 p.m. at Sparta United Methodist Church, 71 Sparta Avenue. Burial arrangements are private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lakeland Animal Haven, P.O. Box 258, Dover, NJ 07802 or Market Street Mission, www.marketstreet.org/donate.asp .  
 
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Amongst Betty's most unique qualities were her very great intelligence, her sense of humor, and her compassion for others. We'll not see her kind again.
Marilyn Chapman
Betty was my friend. I loved her for her enthusiasm for life and her passionate commitment to her principles, which included helping those less fortunate whenever she could. I loved listening to her stories about being a young girl riding her horse around newly developed Lake Mohawk in the 1930's. I could just picture how beautiful the town of Sparta must have been back then, and how beautiful Betty must have been. She was always a keen observer of people and her surroundings, and through her stories, I felt like I could see the past through her eyes. Betty suffered some great losses in her life, especially the premature death of two of her sons, but she never lost her ability to appreciate the wonders of life and nature,her slightly ironic sense of humor, or her compassion for others. I will miss her, and I feel blessed to have known her.
Jeri Doherty
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