Beres, Josephine


Josephine A. Beres

Josephine Ann (Adams) Beres, 92, died April 11, 2018, in the comfort of her family at The Manor in Morrisville, VT.

She was born March 19, 1926 in Osceola Mills, PA., the daughter of the late Frank and Sophia (Worek) Adams.

She married Albert K. Beres on Aug. 19, 1948 at St. Joseph’s Church, and she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Osceola Mills, PA. They made their home in Mulligan Hollow, where Albert built their house in 1956, next to his parents. Together they had three daughters: Kathleen, Amy and Nancy.

Josephine worked diligently as a bookkeeper and a seamstress, and served in World War II as a Navy nurse aide, stationed in Arlington, Va.Image of the U.S. Navy Seal She also volunteered at polling stations during elections, and always supported women running for office.

A devoted Penn State football fan, Josephine could often be found perched on the edge of her favorite chair, anxiously watching the Nittany Lions — or the local football team that Albert coached.

Josephine was a skilled seamstress, and enjoyed smocking, needlepoint and rug hooking. She was an avid reader and always kept up with the latest news. She valued education, and made sure it was an integral part of her family. Albert was a teacher, and their three daughters all became teachers as well — and always have good books nearby.

Her three daughters each had a child, and Josephine and Albert spent many happy years with their family — traveling to Amy’s camp on a lake in Maine, to sunny South Carolina and Florida, and gathering for good food on Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was fond of baking, and balanced traditional hearty Polish food with fresh produce from the garden and an in-depth knowledge of nutrition and wellness.

Her husband Albert died in March 25, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by: four sisters, Anna Hefferan, Helen Tomchick, Frances Hess and Eleanor Mulson; and four brothers, Stanley Adams, Leonard Adams, Bernard Adams and Edward Adams.

She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Kathleen Neal and husband, George, and son, Colin, of Saratoga Springs, NY.; Amy Marshall and husband, Robert, of Stowe, VT., and daughter Hannah and her fiancé, Joseph Normandeau, of Waterbury, VT.; and Nancy Vodvarka and husband, Steven, and son, Joseph, of Philadelphia, PA.; and her sisters Betty Pollisino of Jupiter, FL. and Mary Louise Walker and her husband, Ralph, of Mesa, AZ. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

The family extends their warmest appreciation to all those who took the most excellent care of Josephine: Dr. David Bisbee and Copley Hospital, and the amazing staff of The Manor in Morrisville, VT.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC, 701 Lingle St., Osceola Mills, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Josephine on Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Robert J. Horgas as celebrant, 408 Stone St., Osceola Mills, PA. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Osceola Mills, PA. Military Honors will be accorded by the Osceola Mills Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Josephine and her family’s love of reading would be appreciated to the Osceola Mills Community Library, P.O. Box 212, Osceola Mills, PA 16666.

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