The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Daily Item Obituaries

October 5, 2013

Beatrice “Bea” McCord, 91,

— LEWISBURG — Beatrice Mary “Bea” White McCord, 91, formerly of Troy, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, while in the care of RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg.

Bea was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She considered her family to be her greatest legacy, including her five children, 14 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Bea was born March 5, 1922, in Lewes, Del., daughter of the late William Walter and Effie (Bell) White. The oldest of three children, she was sister to the late Hugh White and the late Robert White, both of Snedekerville. Bea was the devoted wife of the late William J. McCord whom she married on June 15, 1944. She and Bill celebrated 29 years of marriage together until his untimely death in May of 1973. Bea was devoted to her five children, William “Bill” McCord of Hudson, Ohio, the late James “Jim” McCord, of Pequea, Katharine “Kathy” Gathman, of Lewisburg, Ruth Blanas of Bethlehem, and the Rev. Walter “Walt” McCord, of Chicago, Ill.

A passionate student and teacher, Bea had a lifelong love of learning. A 1939 graduate of Troy High School, she earned her bachelor of science in secondary education from Penn State University in 1943. She earned her elementary teaching certificate from Mansfield University in 1974.

Bea taught in both the Troy and Canton school districts, teaching high school English and physical education, and later, elementary physical education and first grade. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Bea remained active in her community all her life, volunteering for countless hours of service in numerous local clubs and organizations. A lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, she served as deacon and elder, and was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Women’s Association. She was a member of the Troy American Legion Auxiliary for 76 years, a regular volunteer at the Troy Community Hospital gift shop, a member of Eastern Star, the Troy Vet’s Club, the Troy Thursday Study Club, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), among many others.

Bea was an avid reader and writer of countless cards and letters to her long list of friends and family. She had a love of travel and greatly enjoyed her tours of many states and nations, including Alaska, Hawaii, Spain, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2010, Bea moved to Lewisburg to live with her daughter, Katharine. She moved to RiverWoods in March 2013, where she was residing at the time of her passing. A proud and patriotic American, Bea loved her country and she was greatly loved and admired by her extensive family and her many friends. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by son William McCord and wife, Kathleen Swinsick McCord; granddaughter, Melissa McCord and husband, Eric Andersen; and grandson, Matthew McCord and wife, Heather, and great-grandson Colton; daughter-in-law, Jacalyn McCord Sweitzer and husband, Randy; granddaughter, Jennifer Hunt and husband, Gary, and great-grandchildren Lydia, Alise and Weston; granddaughter, Jessica Egan and husband, Bob, and great-grandchildren, James and Abigail; and granddaughter, Jamie Bauman and husband Joe, and great-grandchildren, Edwin and Maxwell (both deceased); daughter, Katharine Gathman and husband, Richard; grandson, the Rev. Andrew Gathman and wife, Eileen, and great-grandchildren, Juan Carlos and Angelina; granddaughter, Laura Taylor and husband, Aaron, and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nathan and Joel; granddaughter, Carolyn McSween and husband, David, and great-grandchildren, Delaney, Audrey and Mitchell; and grandson, Thomas Gathman; daughter, Ruth Blanas and husband, Jim; grandson, Alexander Blanas and wife, Jane Blanas; and granddaughter, Katharine Blanas; son, Walter McCord and wife, Brenda Hanes McCord; grandson, Mark McCord and great-granddaughter, Riley; grandson, Jonathan McCord and wife, Lesley, great-grandchildren, Levi and Rush; and grandson, Seth McCord and wife, Haley. Other surviving family members include Bea’s sister-in-law, Martha White, and nieces, Deborah White Hershey and Carol White; sister-in-law, Bertha Wolfe, nephew, Donald White, and niece, Susan White Jones; niece, Carol McCord Levengood; and nephews, Thomas and Jeffrey McCord.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Main St., Troy. A light luncheon will immediately follow the service in the church parlor. All are welcome. Private interment will take place at the gravesite attended by family only. The Rev. William Bardo and Bea’s son, the Rev. Walter McCord, will officiate.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Troy First Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

1
Text Only
Daily Item Obituaries
  • sandrawise.jpg Sandra L. Wise, 70, Milton

    MILTON — Sandra L. Wise, 70, of Milton, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Watsontown Health & Rehabilitation Center.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • wagner.jpg Richard R. “Bimbo” Wagner, 74, Middleburg

    MIDDLEBURG — Richard R. “Bimbo” Wagner, 74, of Smalsh Barrick Road, passed away on Sunday evening, April 6, 2014, at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, where he was taken after being stricken ill while on vacation.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aleah M. Wetzel, infant, Millmont

    MILLMONT — Aleah Marie Wetzel, infant daughter of Bradley H. Wetzel, of Mifflinburg, and Heather A. Hause, of Millmont, was stillborn on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
     

    April 16, 2014

  • marthawhite.jpg Martha L. White, 78, West Milton

    WEST MILTON — Martha L. White, 78, of High Street, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Milton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Helen K. Hoffman, 66, Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG — Helen K. Hoffman, 66, of Timberhaven Drive, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

    April 15, 2014

  • Marguarite J. Ruth, 94, Montoursville

    MONTOURSVILLE — Marguarite J. (Johnson) Ruth, 94, of Montoursville, formerly of Milton, died Monday, April 14, 2014, in Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville where she had resided for many years.

    April 15, 2014

  • Martha J. “Marty” Duncan, 83, Orangeville

    ORANGEVILLE — Martha J. “Marty” Duncan, 83, of Orangeville, formerly of Sunbury, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, in the Orangeville Nursing Home.

    April 15, 2014

  • David Fendt, 52, Stansbury Park, Utah

    STANSBURY PARK, Utah — David Fendt, 52, of Stansbury Park, formerly of Sunbury, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Gonzales, La.
     

    April 15, 2014

  • Donald L. Gaugler, 77, Colorado Springs, Colo.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Donald L. Gaugler, 77, of Colorado Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
     

    April 15, 2014

  • June K. Schroeder, 75, Mills

    MILLS — June K. Schroeder, 75, of Mills, formerly of Hebe, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in her home.

    April 14, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Funeral Arrangements
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

    CRISSMAN, ARDELLA S., 90, of Shamokin Dam. Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. today in St. Paul (Leininger’s) Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant Mills, followed by funeral at 2. George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., Mount Pleasant Mills.

    HOFFMAN, HELEN K., 66, of Lewisburg. Funeral service at 1 p.m. today in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 255 S. Derr Drive, Lewisburg. Shaw Funeral Home, Milton.

    MILLS, HARRY F. JR., 81, of Danville. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville, followed by celebration of life at 12:30.

    MONTAGUE, RUTH ANN, 82, of Danville. Memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church, 215 E. Market St., Danville. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Danville. Visneski Funeral Home, Danville.

    RUTH, MARGUARITE J., 94, of Selinsgrove. Visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1125 Mahoning St., Milton, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Harmony Cemetery, Milton. Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, Milton.

    SCHROEDER, JUNE K., 75, of Mills. Visitation from noon to 1 p.m. today in David’s United Church of Christ, 1907 Klingerstown Road, Hebe/Herndon, followed by funeral at 1. Burial in David’s Church Cemetery, Hebe. Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ulysses.

    SMITH, PAUL, 74, of Pitman. Visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday in Zion Evangelical Congregational Church, Pitman, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in church cemetery. Stephen Rothermal Funeral Home, Klingerstown.

    WHITE, MARTHA L., 78, of West Milton. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton, followed by funeral at 11. Burial in Uniontown Cemetery, Allenwood.

     

    April 16, 2014