Elizabeth (Betty) Dalke Sollenberger

Elizabeth (Betty) Dalke Sollenberger, 96, a lifelong resident of Woodstock, died, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Greenfield Assisted Living, Woodstock.  Mrs. Sollenberger was born on April, 25, 1917, the daughter of William F. Dalke, Sr. and Nora Carroll Dalke.

Mrs. Sollenberger was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, C. Thomas Sollenberger, Sr., her daughter, Conee Sollenberger Walser, her parents,  and her brother, William F. Dalke, Jr.  She is survived by her sister, Lillian Morrison of Glastonbury, Conn., her daughters, C. Jean Ehlman, and Peggy Sollenberger, and sons, C Thomas Sollenberger, Jr. and Richard W. Sollenberger. She is also survived by 4 grandsons, David A. George, Christopher W. George, C Thomas Sollenberger, III, and Jonathan R. Sollenberger as well as 6 granddaughters, Beth George Dirting, Christie Walser Mullins, Adrienne Walser, Marsha Sollenberger Cooper, Dawn Sollenberger Hawthorne, and Amy Sollenberger Cardenas, along with 11 great-grandchildren.

Betty attended Madison College where she was a Physical Education major.

She was a lifetime member of the United Church of Christ in Woodstock where she served in several capacities over the years. 

She was a member of the Shenandoah Garden Club, winning many awards over the years and giving talks to other garden clubs all over Virginia.  She spent much time beautifying Woodstock and the Riley Park at its inception through the garden club. 

She worked for many years in many capacities for better schools. Education was first and foremost important to her and her husband, Tom.

Betty’s last endeavor was to be very actively involved with getting petitions signed to save the old Woodstock High School and have it renovated into the present Shenandoah County Government Building instead of replacing it with a metal building.  She was in her late 80’s, driving to meetings, talking to people, and rallying behind a cause she thought was important. And she succeeded.

The Wednesday Afternoon Bridge Club was something she never wanted to miss. She loved to play bridge with her friends and was extremely good at it.  She was also a member of The Chatter & Stitch, the Shenandoah County Republican Party, and various other clubs over her long life.

Betty and her husband, Tom, were also very involved with their alma mater, Massanutten Military Academy, and supported that school in various ways.  She took 2 years of post-graduate secretarial work at MMA where she received a commercial business degree before going to Madison College.  She helped her father, Billy Dalke, with the ticket booth at his local theater as a teenager and young adult, as well as assisting him as secretary and bookkeeper.

Betty volunteered as a certified teacher of the Red Cross swimming program in Woodstock for more than 10 years and later taught friends in her private pool.  She enjoyed music by playing the piano, dancing, and going to music festivals. She enjoyed playing tennis and going horseback riding on her own horses.  She loved to travel the country with her husband, Tom.

Most importantly, Betty always encouraged her children to study hard, go to church, be in various clubs and activities, be good citizens, and go to college. She was a homemaker to the Ninth degree, as she raised all five of her children, of whom she was very proud.

Her Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 235 S. Main St., Woodstock on Saturday, July 27th, at 3pm. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Arrangements are being made by Dellinger Funeral Homes in Woodstock, VA.

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6 Condolences to Elizabeth (Betty) Dalke Sollenberger

  1. John Smuck says:

    I was saddened this morning to learn of Betty’s passing. I remember her friendship toward Fredaire and me and her support of the MMA Alumni Association, and pleasant visits to Shenwood, her beautiful home. We send our condolences and best wishes to Peggy and the rest of her large family, remembering the many pictures of them she always kept around her.

  2. Angela Proctor & Family says:

    Our family wishes to send condolences for your loss. It is always sad when you lose one so loved. Be of good cheer and know that this soul is now a happy one in a happy place. Surely she knows how much all of you loved her. God bless and keep you and dry your tears.

  3. Bob & Joann Rauh says:

    You have our sympathy on the death of your Mother. She did a fine job of raising you, Jean. Our prayers are with you and your family

  4. Margie Redlin says:

    Dear Jean and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Mothers are the heart of the family.
    I know you will cherish your memories and celebrate her in doing so.
    Peace to all,
    Margie Redlin

  5. Donna Belle Weakley Dove says:

    Peggy and family,
    I am sending my sincere sympathy and am sorry for your loss.

  6. Jerry and Alice Foltz says:

    We treasure many wonderful memories of visits with Betty. She loved her family, her church, and her community, and for many years, she offered gracious hospitality to friends and community groups at her home. She supported Tom through his careers as farmer, businessman, and political leader, and the whole community is indebted to them for their vision. Her faith sustained her through loss and grief, and she often shared this with those who visited. Blessings to all the family as you celebrate the gift of Betty’s life.