Janice M. Downey
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
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NANCY LOUISE CERULLO