Obituaries

Margaret L. Bernhard

Margaret L. BernhardMargaret L. (Howells) Bernhard, 77, of Shenandoah Heights, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Turkey Run, Shenandoah, on Sept. 14, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Ben and Anna (Millichap) Howells.

She was class salutatorian and a 1958 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Prior to her retirement, Margaret was employed for 35 years at Ateeco Inc., Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Shenandoah, where she was the office manager.

On July 11, 1959, in the former First Baptist Church, Shenandoah, she married Ronald Bernhard, who survives.

Margaret was a devout and active member of the former First Baptist Church, Shenandoah. In the church, she was a member of the Ladies’ Missionary and a former Sunday school teacher. She participated in the annual Shenandoah Heritage Days, having portrayed her Welsh ancestry. Currently, she attended the Kulp United Methodist Church, Catawissa.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were two sisters, Edith Sinkiewicz and Harriette Shafer; a nephew, Thomas Shafer.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 58 years, Ronald Bernhard, are a son, Dr. Ronald G. Bernhard and his wife, Lisa, Catawissa; a daughter, Nancy Kantor, Schnecksville; six grandchildren, Casey, Colt, Colby and Cage Bernhard, Kayla Masullo and her husband, Alex, and Thomas Toborowski and his fiancee, Karlena Price; a brother, the Rev. Thomas Howells and his wife, Jean, Springfield, Mass.; a sister, Lois Houser, Ashland; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Religious services for family and close friends will be held at noon Monday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Pastor Adam Miller of the Kulp United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Family and close friends are invited to attend a viewing from 10 a.m. until noon Monday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy will be accepted at the funeral home and can be made to the Kulp United Methodist Church, 1395 Old Reading Road, Catawissa, PA 17820.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret L. Bernhard Has 7 Condolences Posted:

  1. Margaret,Parrish. Walters says:

    I am sorry to hear this news of my classmate, thoughts and prayers to the family.

  2. John Tobinus says:

    Sorry The only word that never means enough

  3. John Tobinus says:

    Sorry The only word that can not mean enough

  4. Robert and Darlene Kubilis says:

    Our Sincere Condolences to the Bernhard family.

  5. Michael Dower says:

    Some of the fondest memories of my childhood came from summers spent on the Heights…I will always be grateful for that time spent with the Bernhard family…

  6. Ray Wisniewski.. says:

    My condolences to her family, many memories of classes shared while in high school.

  7. Patricia Burke Hopper says:

    My sincere condolences to Margie’s family. As a classmate and friend, I have fond memories of our times together.