Elizabeth Bulcavage

Elizabeth S. "Bette" Bulcavage (Sweet)

January 6, 1925 - September 18, 2020
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Elizabeth (Bette) Bulcavage, age 95, of West Reading, PA died peacefully on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Reading Hospital. Bette was born January 6, 1925, in Mahanoy City, PA to the late Ella (Manko) and Joseph Sweet.

Bette graduated from Reading Hospital as a Register Nurse in 1946. Bette married her late husband Joseph Bulcavage in 1948. She enjoyed working as an RN at Reading Hospital in Obstetrics (she loved babies) until she quit to raise her five children full-time as a homemaker. Her greatest love and priority was her family.

Bette is survived by her daughters Doris, wife of Frank Yurich, and Jean, wife of Gordon Treisbach, and sons Mark and Philip as well as grandson Evan Bulcavage whose mother is Judy Beidler and brother Michael Beidler. She is predeceased by her daughter, Christa Zimmerman; grandson, Erik Zimmerman; brother, John Sweet; and sister, Jean Guiles. After her husband’s death in 1994, Bette and Philip lived a good life together and took care of Bette’s mother, Ella, for 6 years until Ella died at the age of 103.

Bette was an accomplished pianist and while living in Mahanoy City played in numerous bands in the coal region. She was involved with several organizations including Cub Scouts as a Den Mother and the West Reading Junior Women’s Club. Bette was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She ended every night saying the rosary and praying for people.

Bette enjoyed traveling by bus trips and cruises. She visited faraway places like Hawaii, Venezuela, St. Thomas, and Aruba. She liked to play miniature golf at Schell’s and played up to the age of 93. Bette was an excellent baker, and her specialty was cleverly designed theme decorated cakes for special occasions. Bette looked forward to doing the daily newspaper crossword puzzles.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Columbia Cottage as well as the doctors and nurses at Reading Hospital that took such good care of Bette.

A viewing will be held at Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Ave. West Reading from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, (following CDC guidelines). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Church, 740 Cherry St., West Reading. This will be followed by a family private burial at Gethsemane Cemetery. As an alternate to flowers, memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    September 22, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    September 22, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Mass

    September 23, 2020 | 10:00am
    September 23, 2020 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
    740 Cherry Street
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Interment

    September 23, 2020 | 11:30am
    September 23, 2020 11:30am
    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
    READING, PA 19605
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Diane Cyr-Gauges

Posted at 10:26am
We send our sincere sadness & sympathy to your entire family. In our large Bulcavage family, we have lost another piece of a whole. Aunt Betty was a piece of our puzzle who will be missed & remembered fondly. Cousins are spread all over the country now, & get togethers like when we were young no longer occur. But we still cherish those memories & when an opportunity does come up, it’s as though we never stopped seeing one another. Take comfort that now Aunt Betty is with all of her family in heaven & baking “heavenly” cakes.
Love, Diane & Jim

Connie Carter

Posted at 04:03pm
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Aunt Bette was a lovely lady. We always enjoyed visiting with her when we went back east to PA. We have many fond memories of those years ago family weddings in PA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Dale & Connie Carter

The Zimmerman Family

Posted at 07:41am
Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the entire Bulcavage Family. Bette was a remarkable and loving woman and we all loved her very much.
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Posted at 04:40pm
Our deepest sympathies to the Bulcavage family. Our prayers are with you all. Marie Bulcavage and family
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Susan DiCerchio

Posted at 04:20pm
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have many fond memories of being at your house. She was a wonderful woman. I am so sorry that we will not be able to attend the services but we are out of town and won't be back until Friday evening. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless your mom and the rest of the family. Sincerely, Susie and Tony DiCerchio.

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