Mary Beth Elias

November 9, 2023

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    • Obituary
      Mary Beth Elias, 63, of Hazleton, passed away Thursday at her home surrounded by her loving family and close friends after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Rentko) Fatula.
      She received her double Master’s degree from Kings and Capella University and was 3 credits away from getting her PHD.  She taught at the Lackawanna Police Academy.  She was a corporal at Kline and Ryan Townships and was a police officer at Rush Township.  She worked alongside the drug taskforce, worked undercover, and was an integral part of the HERD drug operation.  Her full-time occupation was mental health professional for RHA Health Services, Wilkes-Barre.
      Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband in 2006 John Elias Sr.; and sister Cynthia Elias.
      Surviving are her son John Elias Jr.; grandson Aiden Elias and his mother Brittnay Lopo; sister Dawn Crockford and husband Keith, Drums; godson and nephew Brandon Crockford; niece Jennifer Davis and husband Adam; great nephews Brooks and Brady Davis; many cousins; and her beloved dog Hemi.
      Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18th, at 10 A.M in Good Shepherd Church, Drums.  Her final call will be held after the mass outside the church.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  The family will receive friends on Friday, November 17th, at the Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, from 6-9 P.M.
    • Guestbook
      Mary Beth,

      You were one of the bravest people I knew.  Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace.
      Judy Mhley-Wesner
      I will truly miss Mary Beth. She was always smiling and a very beautiful friend.
      Your family is in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.
      Florie McNelis
      Mary Beth was a true warrior!  She was such a strong and positive person.  I will always remember her infectious smile!  May you Rest in Peace Mary Beth.
      Lisa R.
      I will never forget the long talks & the good times we had together. Thank you for being there for my son all those years. You were such a great person & a good friend. You will be sadly missed by both of us. Until we meet again, rest in peace my dear friend.
      Gary & Kellie Riccio
      Mary Beth was always smiling and a very positive person. She was the kind of person that lit up the room.
      Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time.
      With Deepest Sympathy Gary & Kellie Riccio Family
      Elizabeth Otter
      I remember her bright sparkling personality.  She used to tell some funny stories.
      I loved having Mary Beth for a manager.  She was truly one of the best.  She once showed me what I should do if I ever needed to protect myself.  I will always remember her.
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