April 10, 1927 – Oct. 26, 2017
Betty L. Galeota, formerly of Eggertsville, a registered nurse and nursing instructor, died Oct. 26 at her home in Marlton, N.J., where she had lived for the past six years. She was 90.
Born in San Pio Della Camere, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy, the former Pia Maria Silveri became Elizabeth Loretta Silveri when she came to the United States with her mother in 1929 to join her father in Buffalo.
She was a 1948 graduate of the Mercy School of Nursing and worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital, where she attended polio patients in iron lungs, and was a clinical instructor of nursing from 1950 to 1952. She later attended Canisius College.
While at Mercy Hospital, she met an intern, Dr. Samuel Galeota, and they were married in 1952.
After Dr. Galeota began a practice in internal medicine on East Delavan Avenue, she served as his assistant, arranging house calls and interviewing patients.
A devoted volunteer, she was chairwoman of local chapter of Girls Town of Italy and assisted the Barnabite Fathers. For many years, she worked with the Seton Guild at Sheehan Emergency Hospital.
She was a member of the Canisius College Association and the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church.
She also was a longtime member of the Transit Valley Country Club.
She enjoyed cooking, fashion, home decorating, entertaining and attending cultural events with her husband. She was a fan of Frank Sinatra and big band music.
Her husband died in 2012.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Ann, a lawyer in Philadelphia; Nancy Galeota-Wozny, a magazine editor in Houston, and Cathy, senior vice president at Nickelodeon and producer of “Dora the Explorer”; a son, Sam Jr., a financial consultant in New York City; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in St. Benedict’s Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.