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December 4, 2013

Inez M. Bingaman, 82, Sunbury

— SUNBURY — Inez M. Bingaman, 82, of Sunbury, entered into eternal life peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, and arrived at the gates of Heaven into the waiting arms of her parents, sister and brothers.

She was born April 19, 1931, in Sunbury, a daughter of the late Harvey and Ruth (Sandler) Pyers. On July 12, 1952, she married Richard C. Bingaman Sr., who survives. They shared more than 60 years of memories.

Inez lived her entire life in the 6th Ward of the city. She was very proud of the fact that her family was one of the biggest families in the city of Sunbury, five brothers, five sisters along with the parents, 13 total.

Inez fulfilled her life with doing what she knew how to do best, caring for her family and all others surrounding her. Her strength and wisdom shined through her family, reminding us all how abundant her golden heart truly was.

In 1961, the entire family pooled its money together and purchased a piece of ground along Penns Creek near White Springs, and the family still has the property today. In 2011, they celebrated the ownership of 50 years with a huge party of family and friends. Inez would frequently reminisce about all the good times they had spent at the summer place just simply called “The Lot.” Every Sunday, the entire family along with friends in tow would spend all day at the property, and on a holiday, the entire weekend.

Inez would also recognize that her father and all her brothers proudly served their country in the military and would mention they did not have a lot growing up but never complained and always said “there are a lot of people worst off than me.”

She enjoyed writing and sending cards for many occasions to family, friends and some very special people. Inez was not only an excellent cook, she enjoyed it, and never had to use a recipe book.

Inez would always invite people over, and in the good old days of the 1960s, the “front porch” was a very popular place to meet and discuss everything. Every night, a gang of family, friends, neighbors and even some patrons from the Good Will Hose Company would gather, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. It was not uncommon to have more than 25 people total just chewing the fat. Someone out of the group would always go on a food run for pizza at the Woodbein Cafe, hot dogs at the Squeeze-In or hoagies at the Sunbury Sub Shop. Even some of the city police officers would stop by for a little break and talk.

Inez would often comment on how proud her mother and father would be today of the many accomplishments for this “big” family. She was proud to be from the area and spoke of her fond memories of growing up.

She was very involved with the Good Will Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president. She was involved with raising money and purchasing the fire company’s memorial plaque, which is still being used today and is hanging on the wall of the Fifth Street side entrance of the fire company.

Inez worked at the Nite Kraft Shirt factory, Sunbury. During the 1950s and 1960s, she attended Otterbein United Methodist Church, Sunbury. In the 1960s and 1970s, you would find Inez working every political election for the Democratic Party in the 6th Ward-Edison Elementary School as a checker.

Inez was in the Sunbury Owl Class of 1949. She was noted for her excellent memory. She would receive many phone calls and people stopping by asking her questions about the past. A few years ago, one of her classmates stopped by with a picture from 1938 when they were in first grade. He was having trouble with a lot of the students’ names on the picture. Inez, to his surprise, named every student, the teacher, along with the janitor who was on the picture.

Inez grew up with the radio and still to her last day she would listen to Phillies baseball, Shikellamy sports, the news and talk shows. Like any other grandparent, the highlight of her life was her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, along with a little bit of spoiling.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. Jr. and Robin, of Upper Augusta Township; one granddaughter, Kerri Doll and her husband, Brian, and one great-granddaughter, Kiera Doll, all of Mechanicsburg; one grandson, Ryan Bingaman and his fiancee, Marcia Soriano, of Silver Spring, Md.; sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Stewart Watson, twin sisters, Joan Stanton and Jean Brown, all of Sunbury, and sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Larry Mensch, of Milton; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Janet Pyers, of Sunbury; and numerous devoted nieces, nephews and cousins too many to mention.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Backoff, and four brothers, Robert, Thomas Sr., Jack “Jake” Sr. and Don “Butch” Pyers.

Inez passed through this world gracefully, sharing her love and wisdom. With her timely passing, our world lost Inez but she will be remembered for many things, a devoted wife, a very loving mother and grandmother, a cherished sister, an honest person, a fabulous cook, a gifted memory, her giving spirit, a kind and true friend and just living her life “simply.”

The family would like to thank all the medical personnel who helped care for her over the years.

Friends and family will be received from 9:30 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the David T. Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 11 with the Rev. Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter officiating.

Burial will be in Pomfret Manor Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers and for those who desire, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, North Fourth and Vine streets, Sunbury, PA 17801, c/o Capital Improvement Fund.

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