Jan­ice M. Downey

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Novem­ber 9, 2018

Jan­ice M. Downey, 87, of Pottsville, died Fri­day morn­ing at Schuylkill Cen­ter Ge­n­e­sis Elder­care.

Born Oct. 9, 1931, in Pottsville, she was a daugh­ter of the late John and Ida E. Bed­ford Boris.

She was a grad­u­ate of Pottsville Area High School and Read­ing School of Nurs­ing.

Upon grad­u­at­ing from nurs­ing school, Jan­ice con­tin­ued her ca­reer as a reg­is­tered nurse for

40 years. Thirty- nine of which were spent work­ing with the pa­tients at the for­mer Good

Sa­mar­i­tan Hospi­tal, Pottsville, and one year at the Read­ing Hospi­tal.

She was also a mem­ber of Trin­ity Lutheran Church, Pottsville, and a vol­un­teer for the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Jan­ice was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Ron­ald W.

Downey Sr., 1990; son, Gregory, 2000; and her brother, Ron­ald Boris.

She will be dearly missed by her chil­dren, sons, Ron­ald, hus­band of An­nmarie, Potts-

ville, An­thony, hus­band of Marie, North Can­ton, Ohio, and John, hus­band of Erin,

Coron­ado, Calif.; and daugh­ter, Jan­ice Hosler, Pottsville; grand­chil­dren, Michael, Jen­nifer, Ni­cholas, John, Lo­gan, Braden, Mar­i­ana, Hanna and Olivia; great- grand­son, Lucas; sis­ter, Carol Rowan, Friedens­burg; nieces and neph­ews. Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a. m. Tues­day at Trin­ity Lutheran Church, Potts- ville, with Pas­tor Chris Roth­harpt of­fi­ci­at­ing. Fam­ily and friends are in­vited to pay their re­spects from 6 to 8 p. m. Mon­day at the church and again from 10 a. m. un­til the time of ser­vice Tues­day. In­ter­ment will fol­low on the grounds of Schuylkill Me­mo­rial Park Ceme­tery, Schuylkill Haven. Sch­litzer Allen Pugh Fu­neral Home, 515 W. Mar­ket St., Pottsville, has been en­trusted with ar­range­ments. Please visit schlitzer­al­len­pugh.com to leave a con­do­lence for the Downey fam­ily.

Novem­ber 1, 2018

Nancy Louise Cerullo, 88, died peace­fully on Nov. 1 from End Stage Alzheimer’s. She resided at Sonata Boyn­ton Beach for the past five years.

Nancy was born to the late Harold and Is­abel San­ner on March 3, 1930, in Philadel­phia. She grew up in Pottsville, home of Yuengling beer and pre­vi­ously, Yuengling ice cream.

While Nancy grew up in a small town in Penn­syl­va­nia, her life ex­pe­ri­ences were based on her trav­els with her fam­ily and hus­band, who was then in the Navy. His as­sign­ments took them from Ox­nard, Calif., to San Diego, Calif., then Honolulu, Hawaii, Mon­terey, Calif., ( Al­most to Ice­land), Guan­tanamo Bay, Cuba, New Or­leans, La., Mi­ami, Fla., then fi­nally Palm Beach Gar­dens, Fla. Later, when my Mom left Florida, she ven­tured by her­self to Santa Clara, Calif., back to Mon­terey, Whid­bey Is­land, Wash., back to Santa Clara, and fi­nally to beau­ti­ful Boyn­ton Beach, Fla.

In ad­di­tion to rais­ing three chil­dren, Nancy worked most of the time. She worked ini­tially in re­tail then for the gov­ern­ment, over­see­ing var­i­ous de­fense con­tracts with the likes of Pratt Whit­ney Air­craft and Lock­heed. She over­saw projects and man­aged var­i­ous of­fices, hon­ing her or­ga­ni­za­tional skills all the while.

My Mom was very me­thod­i­cal and the most or­ga­nized per­son I knew. She al­ways helped us with projects and was my inspiration when it came to fix­ing things around the house ( sorry, Dad). I never wor­ried about my Mom when she was younger be­cause she could take care of her­self and the things around her. As she got older, she was very healthy, aside from a lit­tle arthri­tis in her right knee. I feel like Alzheimer’s was the sad­dest thing that could hap­pen to her, rob­bing her and us of her men­tal fac­ul­ties. Even as she neared the end of her life, she was al­ways happy and pleas­ant, her fa­vorite phrase be­ing “This too shall pass.”

I must give spe­cial thanks to Deb­bie Cerullo for help­ing my Mom with her menus, her laun­dry, doc­tor and den­tist ap­point­ments and much more. Also, my Dad, Jim Cerullo, was truly her best friend in the end. He spent count­less hours with my Mom over the last few years of her life. These two peo­ple made my Mom’s life very care­free … ( she de­served it).

A cou­ple of ob­ser­va­tions: My Mom was to­tally a Pepsi girl… no Coke for her! She was also a dyed in the wool Demo­crat, want­ing to help peo­ple, not alien­ate them. I was thank­ful that she didn’t un­der­stand fully what has hap­pened to our coun­try since 2016. It would have en­raged her … This too shall pass.

Nancy was pre­ceded in death by her first hus­band, Robert Lord, and her brother, Lynn ( Sue) San­ner.

Nancy leaves her daugh­ter, Lynda To­ward; daugh­ter, Beth ( Kim) Kristalyn; son, James A. ( Deb­bie) Cerullo; four grand­chil­dren; and six great- grand­chil­dren. She also

leaves her friend from high school, Norma Light­cap; and her best friend and ex- hus­band, James W. Cerullo.

Thank you to all the kind staff and res­i­dents at Sonata Boyn­ton Beach for tak­ing care of my Mom and be­ing her friends. Lastly, thank you to Vi­tas Hos­pice, whose com­pas­sion­ate staff helped my Mom pass on to her next role, watch­ing over all of us.

My Mom wished to be cre­mated and gave us sev­eral op­tions re­gard­ing the dis­po­si­tion of her ashes. We will pick an ap­pro­pri­ate spot in beau­ti­ful cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia to have a me­mo­rial ser­vice some­time in early 2019 where we will toast to a life well

lived.

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NANCY LOUISE CERULLO

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