April 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2019
Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hodge, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired clothing store saleswoman, died Nov. 19 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. She was 77.
Born Elizabeth Seitz in Buffalo, she graduated from Lafayette High School in 1960 and got to know Herbert C. Hodge, a Niagara Frontier Transit bus driver, as she rode home from work as a secretary at the Buffalo Courier-Express.
“She would pick up the bus at Main and Goodell and Dad would be on the bus,” her son, Kevin, said. “One day he was off and went down and chauffeured her in his car and that was the beginning.”
They were married in 1963.
After raising her son, she worked part time as a sales representative at Sample, Jenss and Casual Corner in the Boulevard Mall.
Mrs. Hodge and her husband were Buffalo Bisons season ticket-holders, behind home plate, when their son was the team’s bat boy in War Memorial Stadium and Pilot Field.
“That was my parents’ joy, the baseball,” her son said. “At War Memorial Stadium in those days, Bob and Mindy Rich sat right behind home plate and they got to know the family. That’s what Mom enjoyed. She was a people person.”
She formerly was affiliated with Kenmore Presbyterian Church and recently attended Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda.
Her husband died in 2013.
Services were held Nov. 22 in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.