Betty Jane Prufer

Passed away on 6 February, 2021

Betty Jane Prufer of Charlottesville, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Betty Jane was born in Staunton, VA to Charles William Prufer and Mary Elizabeth Lohr Prufer. Her family owned and operated the Prufer Bookbindery in Staunton for over 100 years. She had lived in Charlottesville since 1966. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Staunton, she had attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. She was the Secretary to the Superintendent at Staunton Military Academy and later an Intelligence Research Specialist with the U.S. Army Foreign Science & Technology Center in Charlottesville. She was a world traveler, a long-time church volunteer at Holy Comforter Catholic Church, had a love of the beach, shopping, home decorating and kept her friends for decades. She was a highly independent woman on the go!

Betty Jane is preceded in death by her sister, Marie Christine Sartori and her husband, Gerard Augustine Sartori, nephews Patrick Sartori and James Sartori, niece Marie Christine Sartori and great-nephew, John Michael Sartori.

Betty Jane is survived by niece: Olivia Sartori, Montana, nephews: Peter Sartori (Lynne), Texas, Michael Sartori (Leslie), Texas, Grand nieces and nephews: Gerard L. Sartori (Liz), Meghan Christensen, Matthew Sartori, Reid Sartori (Bianca), Hannah Messerli (Blake), James Arthur Sartori and Christina Montano, Great-Grand nieces and nephews: Abigail Sartori, Gerard G. Sartori, Peter Christensen, Jack Christensen, Gerard M. Sartori, Catherine Sartori, Maya Sartori, Tara Sartori and Hunter Messerli.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at Holy Comforter Catholic Church on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. A private burial was held at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.

Memorials may be given to any of the local food banks in Charlottesville. Betty Jane felt strongly that no one, and especially children, should go hungry.

The family of Betty Jane wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community. The Assisted Living community where she lived for almost six years surrounded her with caring and loving people who made her a part of their family, watched over her, smiled at her independence and humored her in many ways. This past year with the tragic pandemic, everyone’s world changed. It was challenging for the staff and it was equally challenging for many of the residents. It did not escape Betty Jane that the staff did their new stringent daily tasks with dedication and grace. For an independent woman, the changes were hard and she frequently told her family how she appreciated the little things the staff did to make life better, happier and more tolerable during such extraordinarily trying times. And, we thank you so very much.

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  • Memorial Mass

    Monday, 8 March , 2021


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rita mcgowan

6 March 2021

to Betty Jane's family with deepest sympathy , I share this memory.

Kind and thoughtful friend of 38 yrs, no one else could have convinced me to take a ride with her in a hot air balloon!! What a wonderful memory to cherish. With deepest sympathy to Betty Jane's family


Craig Kaiser

5 March 2021

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I am both stunned and crushed. I spoke to Betty Jane the day after her COVID vaccine and tried to call her several times after, but the care facility would not give me any information for two weeks other than she had been transferred into another section of the facility. I had photos to give her from the 1960s until recently. She was my mom's best friend for 55 years and was a huge part of my childhood. I grieve deeply with you. I pray for Jesus' comforting peace to embrace you.”

David Hutchison

5 March 2021

Betty Jane was a dear friend of my mother, Elinor Hutchison. They were in the same professional club in their 30s and kept up their friendship and Christmas cards for years and years. She was a lovely person with grace and beauty.

Brenda Clark

5 March 2021

I am so sad to hear about Mrs. Prufer's passing. When I was a young girl working at Leggett's in Downtown Charlottesville in the children's dept. Mrs. Prufer would come in every weekend, usually Friday nights, and get a little something (this was back in the early 1970's). I never forgot her and she never forgot me . We would see see each other as she was on the go throughout the town, especially at Barrack's Road, always ready for the hug, Delightful and a pleasant positive person who would/could always brighten the day! The world could use more people like her, that's for sure. Will miss her much, but my life has been blessed to have known her. Please know my prayers are with the family and I know somehow Mrs. Prufer knows my prayers are with her too. Brenda B. Clark