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Betty G. (Glessner) Brant

December 12, 1921 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 99)


Betty G. Brant, 99, Berlin, passed peacefully from complications of Covid on December 26, 2020, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.  Born December 12, 1921, in Stonycreek Township, daughter of James S. and Carrie P. (Darr) Glessner.  Preceded in death by parents; husband Jack M. Brant; sisters Ethel Stahl, Gladys Lowry, and Mary Grace Harvey; and brothers Owen and James Glessner. Survived by children:  Karen (Charles) Wiltrout, Dayton, OH, Jacqueline (Edward) Smock, Ligonier, and Douglas (Elena) Brant, Berlin; granddaughter Heather (Chad) Klemens and great-granddaughters Natalie and Meredith Klemens, Hudson, OH.  Her children thank Betty’s long-time primary caregivers, Nancy Gindlesperger and Sandy Weimer, for their loving care and devotion which made it possible for Betty to remain in her own home until this recent illness. Betty graduated from Somerset High School in 1940 and earned degrees in English and Home Economics from Indiana State Teachers College (IUP) in 1944.  She taught at Somerset High School from January 1944 until she married Jack Brant on June 25, 1947.  Her teaching career included time in Stoystown, Clearspring, MD, and Meyersdale.  After taking time off to raise her children, Betty returned to teaching and retired after fifteen years in Shanksville Stonycreek Schools. Betty was an accomplished seamstress and made everything from tiny doll clothes to wedding dresses. She always enjoyed her garden, was an avid reader, and could recite poetry that most of us have long forgotten.  She and Jack, who were blessed with 65 years of marriage, enjoyed travelling the US by motorcycle and in their private plane. They also made trips to Europe with the Friends of the Seminary group at Ashland Theological Seminary where they were devoted to the education of future pastors. A long-time member of the Berlin Brethren Church, Betty served as a deaconess, choir member, and Sunday school teacher. For many years Betty enjoyed quilting with the Knotters and Quilters group at the local Lutheran Church.  In recent years she loved watching the birds at her outdoor feeders and the nightly Jeopardy broadcast. She and Jack delivered and coordinated Meals on Wheels in the Berlin area for many years.  We often said, “What goes around comes around,” because Betty received the meals herself after Jack’s passing in 2013. Due to Covid restrictions and in trying to keep others safe, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to make donations in Betty’s name may do so by sending them to Meals on Wheels at 235 W. Church St., Somerset, PA 15501. Interment Husband Cemetery, Somerset. Arrangements entrusted to Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin, PA. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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