Elizabeth (Betty) Havlik
It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth (Betty) Havlik announces her passing on September 6. Betty was born November 28, 1929 to Joseph and Ruby Silcock in Detroit, Michigan. The mother of 5 children, she was predeceased by her husband Frank Havlik and her brothers Joseph Silcock, John Silcock, as well as sisters Lorraine (Silcock) Card and Shirley (Silcock) Houghtaling.
Throughout the years, Betty, a cook and a baker, shared her talents in a variety of Hudson establishments including the Columbia Diner, Kay’s Lunchonette, Austin’s Coffee Shop, and the Jersey Bakery. In addition, Betty, lovingly referred to as “Gram” by all whom have known her, related or not, helped care for, nourish, and share amazing life lessons and wisdom with multiple grandchildren. As her grandchildren grew, Betty continued to focus on family and using her talents, going to work for Colwell Tax Service. There she engaged with the community, always an encouraging and steadfast pillar of hard work and dedication, until her recent retirement a few years ago. Every day before sunrise, until her recent illness just days ago, Betty woke up to bake for her family, friends, and neighbors. She always found great joy in providing meals and baked goods to her many friends and relatives.
Betty is survived by her son John M. Havlik (Suzanne) and four daughters Eva O’Leary, Betty Scott (Carlo), Ruby Stafkey (Bruce), and Bonnie Colwell (Tim). She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday September 11, at 10:30am from Holy Trinity St. Mary’s Parish in Hudson. There will be no visitation hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation Gift Processing Center 310 S. Manning Blvd. Albany, NY 12208