Mary Elizabeth Korngiebel

June 6, 1925February 11, 2021

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Begley) Korngiebel, 95, of East Hartford, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Born in Boston, MA on June 6, 1925, a daughter of the late John F. and Agnes (Caulfield) Begley, she had been a resident of East Hartford for the past 70 years. Prior to her retirement, Betty was employed as an Auditor for 43 years by Sears & Roebuck Department Store. She later worked 22 years for the town of East Hartford as a school crossing guard. She was proud of her Irish heritage and a devout catholic and faithful communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Church, East Hartford. Betty enjoyed politics as a longtime member of the East Hartford Democratic Party and was a hard working member for both the Democratic Town Committee and the 3rd District Democratic Committee. She was also a member of the Democratic Women’s Club of East Hartford. She was a co-founder of the Mayberry Village Revitalization Committee in East Hartford and was involved for many years in the village. Betty also liked knitting, sewing, dancing, reading the daily newspaper and solving crossword puzzles. Most of all, Betty was a proud mother and grandmother who cherished her time spent with her children, grandchildren, and dear friends. Betty is survived three daughters, Cynthia M. Klatka and her husband Robert of Vernon, Marilyn E. Arnold and Elizabeth “Liz” Korngiebel both of East Hartford with whom she made her home; a son, David H. Korngiebel and his wife Amy of Charleston, SC; four special grandchildren; seven adored great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides her parents, Betty was predeceased by two brothers, John F. Begley and his wife Lucille of Salem, MA, and Eugene V. Begley and his wife Patricia of Lynn, MA. Funeral service will be Thursday (February18th) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, Main Street/Maplewood Avenue, East Hartford. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, (Section P), Burnside Avenue, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Thursday morning and wear a face covering while adhering to all of the regulations during the present health pandemic. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to the American Lung Association of Connecticut, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108. The D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the care of the funeral arrangements. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • American Lung Association of CT


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, February 18, 2021


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Elizabeth Russell

February 25, 2021

Betty, I was so sorry to learn recently of your mother’s death. I always remember that you and your mother took such good care of me at Democratic events. You were always so kind and helped get my food. Your mom was always so active at Mayberry Village and will be missed by all of them and by all of her friends including me! Betty Russell

Dennis Sheridan

February 20, 2021

Our deepest condolences in the loss of of your Mom. Our parents were the real meaning of neighbors. We learned so much from them. Your Mom was a wonderful person.

Sincerly, The Sheridans

Rosemary (Curtis) Campbell

February 18, 2021

To the Korgiebel Family, thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss, our sincere condolences. Sincerely, the Curtis Family

Debbie Pinell

February 14, 2021

I was so very sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was a wonderful person who always had such kind words to say when I visited her kids. She absolutely lived for her kids and grandkids. RIP Betty, you will be missed.

Joseph Carlson

February 14, 2021

Betty was my Co-Woman/Man of the 2019 Democrat.

Mary Falotico

February 13, 2021

Cindy: My thoughts go to you and your family at this difficult time. Your Mom is now at peace and free from those things in our life that diminish ourselves as an individual. Prayers for you all. May your mother now rest with our dear Lord.

Kathleen Sullivan

February 13, 2021

Love you Aunt Betty❤️ You were my last Aunt and I’m so glad I got to see you a few times at the home. I’ll never forget you and say hi to my mom and dad Kevin, gram and Gramps and the rest of our family members who are waiting for you. Rest In Peace you lived quite a life and were loved by so, so many❤️ Love you your favorite niece Kathleen