Betty Jean Byrnes Obituary – Burlington County Times
Betty Jean Byrnes
Willingboro – Betty Jean (Buck) Byrnes, 91, of Willingboro, born September 6, 1930, beloved wife of Vincent F. Byrnes and mother of three, retired teacher and guidance counselor, died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2022 at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly following a long illness.
Betty Jean was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the second daughter of William and Mary Buck. She moved to South Jersey with her family at an early age. She graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1947, received a full scholarship to Georgian Court College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1951, graduating summa cum laude. She received her master’s degree in education from Trenton State College in 1975.
After college, she lived in Palmyra with her parents and taught high school math in Moorestown from 1951 to 1955 when she married Vincent, Hawaii, where he was stationed as an army officer. They lived in Hawaii for the first two years of their 66-year marriage and Hawaii remained a special place in their lives as they celebrated their 50th wedding at Schofield Barracks Chapel in 2005 with their three children. During Vince’s career in the military, they moved several times, living in Hawaii, New Jersey, Georgia, Kansas, Connecticut, and Germany, until Vince’s retirement in 1973. She is returned to the classroom in 1972 and served as a math teacher and guidance counselor in the Willingboro School District. from 1972 until her retirement in 1994. She enjoyed being a wife and mother, and she enjoyed teaching math and being a guidance counselor. Guiding young lives has brought a lot of meaning to his life. She was an active member and past president of the Burlington County School Counselors Association as well as a member of the New Jersey Counseling Association. She was an active member and past president of the Willingboro branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and a member and treasurer of the Corpus Christi Senior Citizens Club. She has volunteered with Catholic charities in the Diocese of Trenton, working with Providence House and Saint Joachim’s School in Trenton as well as the annual Taste of Burlington County. She was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa since 1982. She was a devout Catholic and for over 30 years taught religious education classes and served as a parish reader at Corpus Christi in Willingboro, NJ.
Betty Jean also enjoyed going to the shore each summer, playing bridge with friends, and had many lifelong friendships. Entertaining at her home during the holidays, for special occasions or with her prayer group, was something she looked forward to and greatly appreciated.
She is survived by her loving husband Vincent F. Byrnes and her dear children William Byrnes (and Beth) of Burlington, NJ, Ann Marie Byrnes (and Tom Hartman) of Lumberton, NJ, and Kathleen Byrnes (and John Immerwahr) of Rosemont. , PENNSYLVANIA. A visitation will be held at Goes-Scolieri Funeral Home located at 212 Levitt Pkwy, Willingboro, NJ on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 11 S. Sunset Road, Willingboro, NJ, on Friday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Jesus Bread of Life Cemetery in Mt. Laurel following the funeral mass.
In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation in her memory if you wish–
1) Corpus Christi Church, 11 Sunset Road, Willingboro, NJ 08046
2) Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, 595 Beverly Mt. Holly Road, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060.
Posted on February 02, 2022
Published in the Burlington County Times