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Betty Lou (Goddard) Baich (94) passed peacefully, after a brief illness, only a few weeks before
her 95 th birthday.
She is preceded in death by parents John C. Goddard and Vernie (Deyarmin) Goddard, brother
James C. Goddard and husband of 50 years, Edward Baich.
Survived by sister Myra Ellen Ellenberger (husband Robert), son Richard (Lisa) and grandson
Derek and several nieces and nephews.
Betty had many fond memories of growing up in the Bethlehem Steel row houses on Pershing
Ave in Franklin Boro and the different ethic neighbors that made that time of life so special to
her. Walks across the bridge to Conemaugh to watch a movie or attend church were favorite
After leaving school in her teens, she took jobs at G&L and Bali sewing factories to help support
her parents and often shared stories of factory life and the friends she made there.
When she met and married Eddie, he was the only true love of her life who she shared 50 years
of marriage before Parkinson’s ended his life many years earlier than Betty or anyone desired.
Their friends will remember seeing them walking and holding hands at the old Richland Mall
and enjoying ice cream at Valley Dairy.Betty enjoyed their small cottage home in Lower Yoder for 63 years until a week before her
passing. She loved sitting on her deck and getting to know many different neighbors over 6
decades, growing vegetables and flowers while keeping the lawn well manicured to keep up the
neighborhood.Betty was an active member and deaconess of the Johnstown Seventh-Day Adventist church
helping with VBS programs, potluck lunches, and opening the church before Saturday morning
church services to make sure everyone was warm when arriving. She was firm in her Christian
beliefs and looked forward to being with Eddie again when Jesus returns very soon for His
redeemed.At the family’s request, there will be no viewing or service. A memorial service will be held at
the Johnstown SDA Church 1035 Goucher St. on Saturday, November 18 at 12:30pm.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Steel City Pathfinders
Scouting/Youth Club at https://adventistgiving.org/donate/ANBIL6. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com