Betsy Palmer

Palmer in 1960, United States Steel Hour, photo by By United States Steel Corporation (eBay itemphoto frontphoto back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Birth Name: Patricia Betsy Hrunek

Date of Birth: November 1, 1926

Place of Birth: East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: May 29, 2015

Place of Death: Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.

*father – Bohemian Czech

Betsy Palmer was an American actress and television personality. She is known particularly for her role as Mrs. Voorhees, Jason’s mother, in Friday the 13th (1980).

Betsy was the daughter of Marie M., who headed the Chicago Business College, and Rudolph Vincent Hrunek, an industrial chemist. Betsy’s father was a Czech Bohemian emigrant, from Prague. Betsy had said, “my mother was adopted and never knew her nationality.”

Betsy had a daughter with her former husband, obstetrician-gynecologist Vincent J. Merendino.

Betsy’s paternal grandfather was named Vincent Hrunek.

Betsy’s paternal grandmother was named Amelia.

Betsy’s adoptive maternal grandfather was John A. Love (the son of Mitchell William Love and Margaret Hughes). John was born in Michigan. Mitchell was born in Ontario, Canada.

Betsy’s adoptive maternal grandmother was Clara A. Wooley (the daughter of Henry Woolley/Wooley and Elizabeth/Eliza A. Teeter). Clara was born in Michigan.

Source: Betsy Palmer on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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