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Edith A. (Lewis) Beale

Born: Sun., Dec. 12, 1920
Died: Sun., Apr. 30, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., May 03, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., May 03, 2017
Location: Redmond Funeral
Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., May 04, 2017
Location: Freeport United Methodist Church

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Edith A. Beale, 96, formerly of Freeport, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017. Edith was born at Lairds Crossing, West Franklin Township on December 12, 1920.The daughter of the late Mabel and Ward Lewis, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Beale in 1971. She is survived by her sisters, Vera Mauthe, and Erma (Frank) Lovich.  During World War II, Edith served as a “Rosie the Riveter,” building Corsair and B29 war planes in a converted auto plant in Detroit. She has been honored by Pennsylvania's Voters Hall of Fame, having voted in every election for the past 59 years. Edith was a member of the Freeport United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years

Edith is survived by three daughters and two sons; Phyllis of Butler, Betty (Harry) Smeltzer of Plum Boro, Fay (Thomas) Andre of Penn Hills, David of Rural Valley, and John (Janis) of Plum Boro.  Edith is also survived by eight grandchildren, Travis (Rhiannon) Beale and daughter Arya of Cabot, Rachel (Collin) Krepps and son Wyatt of Catonsville Maryland, Nathan and Christopher Andre of Penn Hills, Joshua Andre of Wooster, Ohio, Brandon (Monica) Beale of Norfolk, Virginia, Bethany Beale of Scott Township and William Smeltzer of Plum.  In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers, Esther Deel, Mildred Griffith, Glenn Lewis and Willard (Bud) Lewis. 

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM at the Redmond Funeral Home, Inc., 524 High Street, Freeport. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 Fourth St., in Freeport with Pastor Dawn Lynn Check officiating. Burial will follow at Freeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Freeport United Methodist Church.  211 Fouth St., Freeport, PA 16229


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Anne (Reaves) Balint
   Posted Sun April 30, 2017
I am so sorry of your loss. May God bless each of you during this time of sorrow with peace and understanding.

Shirley J. Good
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
So sorry for the loss of a kind and gracious lady and neighbor when I was a child. She seemed to always have a smile to share. Even when she was checking out my groceries at Carmellos, she was pleasant and welcoming. To Phyllis (a former classmate at FHS) and Betty and David (my bus stop gang) - my deepest sympathies to you and your families.

Janet Ritchie
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Deepest condolences to the Beale family. John was a student of mine in high school. She must have been an extraordinary mother to raise such a fine family. You were lucky to have her for so many years. God Bless!!

Marilyn Sheaffer
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
There are no words that I can say to take away your sadness. It is hard to lose a mother, but may you find comfort in the memories that you have and in the lessons that she has taught you. Although I have never met your mom, but from what I know of you, she must have been a wonderful woman and mother. My prayers, sympathy, and love go out to you and your family. May GOD give you the strength and courage to keep your faith. May you see HIS loving arms around you during this difficult time. My heart grieves with you too.

Marea Mannion Altoona, Pa
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
To John and all of your family,
It was with great sadness that I learned this week at Penn State of your mom's passing. I too recently lost my 103 year old mom Beatrice Mannion who lived with me as her caregiver. You and I have spent numerous times talking about their healthcare and the many things both of them have accomplished in their lives, and particularly their service during World War II: Edith as a Rosie the Riverter, and my mom Beatrice as a "G" (Government) girl in Washington D.C. with War Shipping.
I never met your mom but feel that I knew her from all that you have said and after reading the wonderful obituary which reflects an incredible life and so many contributions to her community and to our nation. You and your family will always be remembered in my prayers. What both of us know is that our mom's are in an incredible and wonderful place with their husbands, parents, siblings, and all their cherished friends who left this world before them to what must be the most incredible place that's not even conceivable to understand as humans. Although you will miss her so much, I hope you can have peace in knowing how very happy she is in celebrating her beautiful, eternal life with God, Mabel, Ward, Harold, sisters and brothers and with so many others that she knows. Take care and God bless you always, and especially during this difficult time.

Mary (Trefelner) Bowser
   Posted Tue May 09, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember your mom well from the old days in the neighborhood. She was a good and kind lady. God's comfort and peace be with all of you.

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