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Betty Norek

June 1, 1926 — November 11, 2023

Betty Jo (Waddington) Norek, also known as “Hubbard”, passed away peacefully on Saturday November 11, 2023 at her home in Saranac Lake, NY.

Betty was born in Emporium, PA on June 1, 1926 to Rexford Waddington, Sr. and Minnie (Evans) Waddington.

At the age of nine months, Betty became a foster-child of Christopher Columbus and Rose (Barr) Vandermark. In 1948 she became the bride of Michael Norek who predeceased her in 1972. She was the mother of two daughters: Nancy Rose Grimone (Sam) of Saranac Lake, NY and Lisa Ann Norek of Emporium, PA.

Betty was predeceased by three siblings: Rexford Waddington, Jr; Virginia Dodge and Valeria Schmitke. In addition, she leaves five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Betty loved to read and enjoyed puzzles. She loved nature and animals, especially horses. For years she could be found enjoying BINGO throughout the Tri-Lakes area. She was known to a large number of the area residents through her work at the Blue Line Sport Shop and Kinney Drugs.

Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. At Betty’s request, there will be no scheduled services. Interment will be at the convenience of her family.

Family and friends may choose to remember Betty Jo Norek by sharing their memories, sending a condolence and signing the online guest book at

“May God be as kind to you, Betty, as you were kind to others.”
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