Elizabeth “Betty” Voellinger Purpura

September 3, 1932 - August 26, 2023

09/03/1932 - 08/26/2023


Our mother passed peacefully into eternal life on Saturday August 26, 2023, surrounded by her precious family. Betty was born in Wheeling on September 3, 1932, daughter of the late Edna Simon Coram and Charles T. Coram.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brian Voellinger in 2017, her husband of 35 years, Harold Voellinger in 1986 and her husband of 25 years, Anthony “Tony” Purpura in 2015.

Her memory will live on through her loving children; sons, Michael (Linda) Voellinger, Bruce (Robin) Voellinger, Mark (Cathy) Voellinger, Keith (Jennifer) Voellinger, John (Lori) Voellinger and daughter Beth (Joe) Key, Joyce (Ben) Calamia, Tony (Sally) Purpura, as well as her niece and nephew Sally and Rob Wodusky who were so special to her. Betty is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Betty was best known for her many years of management service at Elby’s and Ernie’s Cork and Bottle.

Betty took joy in many things, but none more than big family gatherings that included a good game of euchre. Her fierce love of her family will forever remain in their hearts. In accordance with Betty’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements provided by Altmeyer Funeral Homes.

Betty’s family wishes to thank Dr. Brad Schmitt for his kindness and compassion he showed their mother for many years and especially at the end of her life.


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Daniel William Womeldorff
4 months ago

I am very sorry for your loss. She and my father were friends for many years.

Shirley Trabert (Wagner)
5 months ago

Prayers for the whole Voellinger family.

Cathy Piazza
5 months ago

So sorry for your the loss of your Mother. She was totally ahead of her time as a business woman. She was an icon. I so remember her from Elby’s. She knew how to run a restaurant and keep the customers happy. May she RIP. The Lord wrap his loving arms around you at this sad time. Your family will be in my prayers.
Cathy Sharpsky Piazza

Don and Cindy Rood
5 months ago

Aunt Betty was such a genuine and thoughtful person. Memories of Aunt Betty, her siblings. and cousins were always looked forward to at the yearly Mahrajans. I will always cherish the memories of visiting with cousins and our Mothers sitting at our Sittos front porch. Now that the last of our special angels have past we will always have those special stories . Don and I send our love and prayers to all.

Frank Pirillo
5 months ago

Aunt Betty was a gem and always had a smile to share. Like our mom, she passed just short of 91. I am sure she is doing a lot of catching up with all the siblings. I can still hear her calling my name “Frankie honey”….. seemed like everyone’s middle name was honey. Sending my love and prayers to all my cousins.

Anna Miller (Amato)
5 months ago

Mark and Cathy Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.❤️

Bob & Pat Long
5 months ago

So sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. So many memories going as far back as 1961.
Betty was a good person , enjoyed life, and raised a beautiful family.
One of our favorite memories was the day Beth was born. After all her darling boys, she finally had her baby girl. The entire company was so excited for her.
I wish I had space to tell a ton stories. So many memories .
Hugs to Mike, Bruce, Mark, Keith, John, Beth and Families. She was so proud of all of you!

Alicia Marie Baker
5 months ago

Prayers for Mark and Amanda and their family! I’m very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful woman!

Barbara Robrecht
5 months ago

Sending PRAYERS to the Voellinger family. Grandma Betty was one of a kind. I remember when she was a patient on 8 East at Ruby. All she talked about was her family and Wheeling. All of my coworkers loved caring for her and everyone commented on her spirit even though she was ill. She sent for me several times trying to feed me so I “could have energy to work”. Her dynamic personality made everyone around her smile. Amanda will carry on her baklava recipe. The Queen of Lebanon is our Angel. Blessed to know Betty.

George Dormas
5 months ago

May your Moms’ Memory be Eternal !