Margaret Bell

Margaret Virginia Bell (Gerlock)

Tuesday, November 11th, 1930 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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Margaret Virginia (Gerlock) Bell, 88, of Lewistown, passed away at 11:58 p.m. on Monday February 18, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center-Danville.
Born November 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John G. and Mary Ann (Mishock) Gerlock. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Bell, a brother, Edward Gerlock, and a sister, Anna Katherine Gerlock.
Margaret will be remembered and missed by her loving husband, Charles “Charlie” Bell, of Lewistown, son John Bell, of Reedsville, a brother, A. Stephen Gerlock, of N.J., and sister, Elizabeth Ellen “Betty” Gerlock of Belleville.
Margaret was a graduate of Mount Union High School, Class of 1948, where she sang in the trio and chorus, played basketball, and was a cheerleader. She also graduated from Kendall Beauty School in 1958 and remained an active beautician until age 80. Earlier in life, she was employed at L. Greiff Manufacturing in Mt. Union, The Department of the Army as a Payroll Clerk and Timekeeper in Romelus, N.Y., New York Telephone, as an operator, Cluett Peabody Shirt Factory in Lewistown, Lewistown Hospital as an inpatient and outpatient Cashier, Standard Steel as a clerk, and finally retired as a domestic engineer.
In her free time, she enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, singing dancing and sports including football, basketball, and baseball. Margaret especially loved her spouse and children, more than words could ever say! She was also known for her beautiful smile that could light up a room and her kindness and generosity to all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday February 22, 2019 at The Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 106 N Dorcas St, Lewistown, with Father Jayasaleen Amalanathan officiating. There will be a viewing held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday February 21, 2019 at The Barr Funeral Home Inc and Crematory, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown.
Interment will take place in Juniata Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margaret’s memory are respectfully encouraged to: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 106 N Dorcas St, Lewistown PA 17044.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Barr Funeral Home, Inc.
    120 Logan St.
    LEWISTOWN, PA 17044
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  • Service

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
    Dorcas St.
    LEWISTOWN, PA 17044
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    Father Jayaseelan Amalanathan
  • Interment

    Juniata Memorial Park
    9010 US HW 522 South
    LEWISTOWN, PA 17044
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Marion & Brad Welliver

Posted at 10:11am
To Uncle Charlie & John, All are prayers are with you.
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Dr. Robert Kaufman

Posted at 08:56am
My sympathy goes out to the Bell family. Margaret was a kind, loving and caring person who will be sadly missed by all those who knew her. I know she is with the good Lord in Heaven.

Nancy (Gerlock) Rodino

Posted at 07:10pm
Sending prayers and love on a grand scale to you, dear Aunt Margie. Having spent most days of my early childhood at my grandmother's house, Aunt Margie and her sisters and brothers were the "fun" adults in my life. Aunt Margie showered her little niece with attention and, later, in my teen years, often invited me to come from NJ to spend some summer time with her and Uncle Charlie...definitely a highlight of the year! Aunt Margie, you married a wonderful, kind man, and, together, raised a couple of great boys! You were always devoted to Our Lord, and I know He has prepared a place for you in His kingdom. May He comfort all your loved ones and friends. God bless all of you.

Jody Gerlock

Posted at 05:19pm
Rest in peace, Aunt Margie. I'll always remember our trips from NJ to PA to visit when I was a child. We had so much fun! My condolences to Uncle Charlie and John. My prayers are with you. She is now with Jesus and Tom. Her devotion to family and church is what I remember most. She was a great comfort to my dad in his last days, and for that I'm ever grateful. I hope they're together with Aunt Ann enjoying a heavenly reunion! God bless Margie and all of us who miss her.

John M. Welliver

Posted at 01:52pm
Visiting John's Aunt Margie was a treat when we traveled to New Jersey from Nebraska in the early 1980's to visit his parents. There was always good food and fun times with Tom and John Bell. Seeing the wild life in the back yard of their home was a treat. I remember Margie had a laugh that would always light up the room. Margie was a loving person and the welcome mat was always there for us when we stopped by. Her devotion to her family was above all else. She will be greatly missed by our family in Wyoming. May Margie rest in peace. With love from John and Marie Welliver

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