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February 5, 2013

Phyllis J. Bower, 83, Allenwood

ALLENWOOD — Phyllis J. Bower, 83, of 822 Route 44, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 2, 1929, in Allenwood, a daughter of the late Charles Lee and Winifred Hazel (Rishel) Ranck. On Aug. 30, 1946, she married Charles R. Bower, who preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1988, after 42 years of marriage.

Phyllis graduated from Watsontown High School in 1946.

She held several positions at the former Montgomery Mills. She later retired as a teller from Farmer’s National and Commonwealth Banks, now Sovereign Bank.

She was a faithful member of Washington Presbyterian Church, Allenwood, where she enjoyed singing in the choir for many years.

Phyllis enjoyed reading and was a wonderful cook, famous for her spaghetti and pot-pie dinners, which she enjoyed making for her family and friends. She also loved attending and rarely missed family picnics at Staggert’s Grove.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Pamela Bower, of Watsontown, and George and Penny Bower, of Muncy; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda and David Masser and Karen Bower, all of Allenwood, and Lana and Robert Keplinger, of Zelienople; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Russel and Shirley Ranck, of Watsontown, and Ralph and Barbara Ranck, of Montgomery; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Polly Staggert of Montgomery, and Virginia and William Ocker, of Northumberland; two sisters-in-law, Faith Ranck, of Muncy, and Betty Ranck, of Milton; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Bower, Holly Turner and husband Dean, Angie Fillman and husband John, David Masser II, Aaron Masser and wife Lisa, Brandon and Adam Keplinger, Leslie Howard and companion Steve Farrar and Matt Bower; 12 great-grandchildren, Jacob Bower, Elizabeth, Catherine and Clay Turner, Rachel Fillman, Olivia, Madelyn and Abram Masser, Jimmie and Pacey Howard and Hoyt and Laurel Bower; and her companion for many years, Richard Wolfe.

She was predeceased by one sister, Thelma Bieber; two brothers, Arthur and Forrest Ranck; and one granddaughter, Melissa Anne Bower.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main St., Watsontown, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Washington Presbyterian Church, 17076 West Branch Highway, Allenwood, where the funeral will follow at 11. Officiating will be her son-in-law, the Rev. Robert Keplinger.

Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington Presbyterian Church, 17076 West Branch Highway, Allenwood, PA 17810.

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