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Bette Marie (Heasley) Cornelius

June 22, 1942 — January 1, 2020

Bette Marie (Heasley) Cornelius, 77, of Natrona Heights, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. She was born June 22, 1942, in Natrona Heights to the late Robert W. and Bette Connolly Heasley. Bette was a 1960 graduate of Har-Brack High School. She retired from from the patient registration department at Allegheny Valley Hospital after 26 years of service. Bette was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament R.C. Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights. She enjoyed her trips to the casino, playing bingo, her card clubs and was a avid Steelers and Pirates fan. Bette has been a Steelers season ticket holder since 1964. She is survived by her children, Christine (John) Giunta, of Monroeville, Beth Ann Tran, of Frederick, Maryland and David (Krystle) Ptaszkiewicz, of North Huntington; step-daughter, Sophie Forbes, of New Mexico; grandchildren, Antonio & Bella Giunta, Ella and Ava Tran and Nolan & Myles Ptaszkiewicz; step-grandchildren, Jacob, Clayton and Michaela Cornelius; brothers, Robert K. (Patricia) Heasley, of Cincinnati, Ohio, William W. (Virginia) Heasley, of Natrona Heights and Roger (Dolly) Heasley, of Greensburg; and by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents, Bette was preceded in death by her husband, Harry B. Cornelius on January 3, 2017, son, J.R. Ptaszkiewcz; stepson, Michael Cornelius, and by her sister, Beverly J. McClain.

Friends will be received on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 2-4, 6-9 p.m. in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle Street, Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a parting prayer service will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Most Blessed Sacrament Church with her pastor the Rev. John B. Lendvai as celebrant. Burial will be private in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. A parish vigil service will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 1:45 p.m. To send an online condolence please visit

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