Betty Koban


CLARKSVILLE – Betty, 86, Clarksville, N.Y., died Wednesday July 1, 2020, at home with her family in Lafayette, New Jersey. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus.


Born to Harry Bixler and Josephine Hambly, Betty was one of 5 children and grew up in Newton, New Jersey.  She graduated from Western Maryland College with a degree in education. She went on to become an art teacher for 25 years in the Bethlehem School District in Delmar, New York.


Betty met the love of her life Charles and they married in 1958. Together they raised five children, David Koban, Denise Banaag, Alison Barnes, Laura Ryan and Susan Koban. She loved and adored her eight beautiful grandchildren and recently became a great grandmother of two.


Betty was devoted to serving God. Her life was an example of what God’s love really is. She was kind, caring and dedicated to helping others in her community. She ran the Onesquethaw Food Pantry for over 15 years. She was a deacon at her church and created inspirational cards with bible quotes that she shared with others.


An avid bird watcher, Betty loved nature. Even in her last days a robin laid a nest of three eggs outside her window, a sign from God. Her other passions were art, letter writing, sewing and swimming; she wrote letters to her many friends and she swam a mile a day until she was 82.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to City Mission PO Box 760 Schenectady, NY 12301.


Please join us in paying our respects on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 5 to 7pm at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont, N.Y. 12009 (518-861-6611).  Interment will be held Friday, July 10, 2020, at 11:00 am at Onesquethaw Union Cemetery, 1889 Tarrytown Road, Feura Bush, N.Y. 12067.