The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 4, 2013

Mary A. Beachell, 95, Lewisburg


The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Mary Agnes Beachell, 95, formerly of Danville, and Skillman, N.J., gracefully exited life on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.  

She was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Pittsfield, Mass., a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Johanna (Daly) Craig. She lived her young life in Scranton with her family and five siblings; her surviving sister Margaret Platt currently resides in Lisbon, Conn.

While training at the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing, she met Clarence R. Beachell. He charmed his way into her heart and they were married. Four sons and one daughter were born and lovingly cared for.

Mary raised her children and worked for many years at the Carrier Foundation in Belle Mead, N.J., retiring as the assistant director of nursing. In retirement, Mary traveled the U.S. extensively with her husband.

She was a member of “Happy Joe’s” of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Danville.  

Mary taught needle point and cross stitch and was an avid reader and crossword puzzle aficionado.  

She is survived by son, Joseph R. Beachell, of Cottonwood Ariz.: two sons and daughters-in-law, James C. and Jean Beachell and William A. and Nancy Beachell, of Montgomery Township, N.J.; one daughter and son-in-law, Marybeth and Gary Barbato, of Stewartsville, N.J.; and one daughter-in-law, LeeAnn Beachell, of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Beachell House, Kelly Beachell Gasner, Kristina Beachell Larson, Jill Beachell O’Neill, Ryan Beachell, Sean Beachell, James Barbato, Megan Barbato and Loryn Beachell; three great-grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.R.; her son Lt. Col. Leo Craig Beachell; and daughter-in-law, Luise Beachell.  

A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Kreamer Funeral Home, 618 E. Main St., Annville, followed by the funeral at 10:30.

Interment will be with her husband in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.