Jeannette Behm

Jeannette Behm

February 15, 1937 November 28, 2020

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Obituary for Jeannette E. Behm (Witman)

Jeannette E. Behm, 83, of Sinking Spring, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020, in Reading Hospital-Tower Health.

She was the beloved companion to Ronald L. Chelius.

Born in West Fairview, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry William and Jeannette (Poffenbarger) Long Witman.

Jeannette was a graduate of Camp Hill High School and continued her education at both Penn State and Ohio State as a student and an instructor.

She was employed as a mortgage lender at First Priority Bank, Reading Trust Co., National Central Bank, Hamilton Bank, Berks County Bank, and Affinity Bank for 45 years, retiring in February, 2013.

Jeannette served as a volunteer at United Way for many years.

She was an avid book reader.

In addition to her companion Ronald, Jeannette is survived by two children: Jacqueline A. (Behm) Beck, Shillington; and Jeffery A., husband of Dianne Behm, Sinking Spring; and three step children: Eric, husband of Deb Chelius, Elizabethtown; Kyle, husband of Kristin Chelius, Chalfont; and Daryl, husband of Jessica Chelius, Stevens. Nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and her lovable cat Zoey also survive her.

Jeannette was predeceased by her father-in-law, David Long, her lovable cat Zane, and many cousins.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jeannette's honor to either the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123, or Humane Society of Berks County - Reading Lindy Scholar Center, 1801 N 11th St., Reading, PA 19604. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Anne Willett

To Jeff and your Family,
Although words are hard to express at this time, please know that I will keep you in my prayers daily. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and all that knew and loved Jeannette.
Blessings with love,
Anne Marie Willett
Comment | Posted at 09:50pm via Condolence

Gary W. Krick

Our deepest sympathy to Ron and the family. Jenette, who we knew as Betty, was one of the first people I met when I went to work for Reading Trust Company. We had the pleasure of having Betty arrange the mortgage for our first home. I also have fond memories of working with Betty in the Berks County of the American Institute of Banking. May she rest in peace. Gary and Pat Krick
Comment | Posted at 05:51pm via Condolence

Carol Guinther

My heart is breaking for all of you losing such a special lady. Sending Our sincere sympathy and praying for your peace. Terry and Carol
Comment | Posted at 10:53pm via Condolence

Dennise Shinn

Ron and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Betty was one of a kind. She will be missed. Every time I see or hear "Betty Boop", I'll be sad at her loss but glad for the friendship and time we had together. Shinn and Mary
Comment | Posted at 01:32pm via Condolence

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