Death – Betty Jane Ellgren Obituary – Daily Record

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S.J. Priola Parsippany Funeral Service

Betty Jane Ellgren

Betty Jane Ellgren (nee Lauwe) 78, passed away Monday afternoon, December 27, 2021 at her home in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany surrounded by her loving family.

Born and raised in Hawthorne, NJ, Mrs. Ellgren had lived in Saddle Brook before coming to Lake Hiawatha in 1978.

She was an administrative assistant with Teva Pharmaceuticals in Caldwell before her retirement 20 years ago.

Mrs. Ellgren was a member of the Jersey Pioneers Camping Club.

Her favorite past times included reading novels, completing puzzles, and camping with her club and family/friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William Ellgren; two beloved children, William Ellgren Jr and his wife Gretchen Schild-Ellgren of Flemming Island, FL, and Bonnie Novotny and her husband John of Lake Hiawatha; three grandchildren, Eric and Melissa Novotny and Lillyanne Ellgren; two step-grandchildren, Nicholas and Brennan Schild; and her niece, Gail and family. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Lenore Mattade and John Lauwe.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday, Dec. 30, 4-8pm at S.J. Priola Parsippany Funeral Service, 60 North Beverwyck Rd., Lake Hiawatha. Graveside services will be Friday, Dec. 31, 11:00am at Fair Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Fair Lawn, NJ. For further info, please see

Posted online on December 29, 2021

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.