The Life of Elizabeth Essaf

Betty (nee Bair) Essaf, 77, longtime resident of Upper Darby died July 13, 2018 at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Born and raised in Upper Darby, she attended Upper Darby High School. Betty had also lived in Springfield while raising her family.

She had been employed as a Driver's Assistant by Community Transit for 15 years, alongside her husband,  before retiring. She attended Trinity Baptist Church.

Betty enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and antiquing. She will be remembered as a good and kind mother and grandmother, devoted to her family; a lover of animals, especially cats and dogs.

Wife of the late John L., survivors include her children, Bonnie Shankweiler, Bill (Donna) Shankweiler and Donna (Albert) DiBuonaventura; also survived by her grand and great-grandchildren.

Visitation begins 10 am Wednesday followed by her Service at 11am at Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, Drexel Hill.

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RIP, Betty

Dear Betty,

You were such a nice person, and all of my memories of you are nice ones. Thank you Betty for being nice to me the entire 12 years that I have known you. Thank you for being an amazing grand mother to Christine and also an amazing great grand mother to my two children, Alyssa and Salvatore Jr. You’ll always be in everyone’s hearts. May you Rest In Peace in Heaven with God, Jesus and your husband John.  


Sal Genestra 


Posted by Sal G on 7/17/2018