Elizabeth Emily Chnapko Wood

October 20, 1942September 14, 2020

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Ruyak Chnapko Wood, 77, died Monday, September 14, 2020, at Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, CA, after a 10-day battle with the COVID-19 virus. Born in Pottstown, PA, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Frances D. (Maslar) Ruyak. She was preceded in death by Bernard J. “Bernie” Chnapko in 2005 after 42 years of marriage. She was remarried in 2018 to Lester W. “Lee” Wood, Oceanside, CA.

A hair stylist for 59 years, Betty owned and operated several salons. It seemed as though everyone knew Betty. Previously a member of St. Anthony of Padua, she was quick to volunteer with school or church events. Betty had a very generous spirit and would help anyone in any way possible. While she enjoyed cruises and trips to casinos, the time she found most precious was with her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three daughters, Annette E. Hoefner (George), Ephrata, PA, Michelle A. Dimitris (Michael), Lititz, PA and Maria Chnapko (Eric Rempe), Princeton, NJ; a sister, Emily Franklin (John), Spring, TX; four grandchildren, Taylor Hoefner, Lancaster, PA, Collin Dimitris, Lancaster, PA, Camryn Hoefner, Ephrata, PA and Clayton Dimitris, Lititz, PA.

A Celebration of Life to honor Betty will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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June Wintersteen

September 18, 2020

I remember Betty from Wheatland FCU, we worked together for many years. She was a kind soul, always willing to help you and tell you about her family. Prayers to her family for comfort during this difficult time.

George Hertzog

September 17, 2020

She did my hair for about 25 years. Every time she would relocate, I would still go to her to groom my hair. She was one of the nicest ladies I've ever met. A very dear friend of mine, who I will miss dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her wonderful family.


September 17, 2020

Annette, Michelle & Maria,
I just wanted to send my condolences to each of you on the unexpected loss of your mother. I have fond memories of times with both your mom and dad. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
With Sympathy,
John Carroll

Lew Losoncy

September 16, 2020

All of us who loved Betty are lifted a little from our sadness when we reflect on our precious memories and special moments with her. In reflecting we remember her warmth, deep caring and unique sense of humor. We are all better because of her, and that describes a fulfilling and meaningful lifetime.

Diane Boyle Funsten

September 16, 2020

Annette, Michele, and Maria, we are so saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have such fun memories of her and your Dad visiting us in Lansford. Betty was always so upbeat and happy— and so beautiful! I know you have many happy memories— hang onto every one of them.

KYLE Murray

September 15, 2020

I have always had much love for you and your family. Peace be with you all.

JoAnn Harak

September 15, 2020

Expressing sympathy is never easy. May it help in some way that I am sharing the sorrow in your hearts. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure to hold.


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