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Former Forty Fort Councilwoman Passes Away

December 9, 2017 GMT

FORTY FORT — A former councilwoman known for her advocacy of the borough public works department has died and workers she directed will be honoring her at her funeral this weekend. Betty Mascelli passed away Wednesday at Kingston Manor. She was 89. Mascelli served 16 years on borough council through the end of 2013. She was the longtime chair of the committee that supervised the Forty Fort Department of Public Works, affectionately calling the staff “her men.” The workers will carry her casket during Sunday’s funeral services. Public works vehicles from neighboring towns will lead her funeral procession from Hugh B. Hughes Funeral Home to Dennison Cemetery in Swoyersville “Her men loved her and they are going to be her pall bearers,” said Forty Fort Mayor Andy Tuzinski. “It’s fitting.” Tuzinski said Mascelli was “a fixture” at the borough building on Election Day, helping people vote. She and her late husband Ray were instrumental in the formation of the Forty Fort Little League. Four years ago, Wyoming Avenue Park was renamed Betty Mascelli Park in her honor. The flag at the borough building was ordered to half-staff and black bunting was wrapped on the park sign in Betty’s memory. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055; @cvbobkal