Judith J. "Judy" Bayer, 75, a resident of The Meadows, Danville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
She was born Oct. 4, 1941, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late James Harvey and Emma (Schuck) Johnston.
Judy attended St. Basil's Academy and later went on to receive a Certificate for Spiritual Direction from Marywood University. She married Frances Joseph Bayer Jr. and they spent 56 loving years of marriage together.
Judy was a faithful and devoted member of the Catholic Church, but loved her family (and dogs) more than anything. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville and an Associate of the Sisters of Saints Cyril & Methodius, sharing her faith as a Spiritual Director, and serving as a Eucharistic Minister of Communion at various locations, including Maria Joseph Manor and the Emmanuel Center.
Her hobbies included praying, iconography, and gardening. She was also an accomplished artist, who loved painting.
She is survived by her husband, Francis; two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia "Ginny" and Jeffrey Haney, of Danville, and Stephanie and Keith Burrell, of Gilbertsville; seven grandchildren, Olivia Haney Booth, Zachary Haney, Eric Haney, Elizabeth Burrell, Mary Katherine Burrell, Sarah Burrell, and John "Jack" Burrell; and one sister, Pamela Watson.
She was preceded in death by one son, Christopher James Bayer, who passed in childhood; and a sister, Cecilia Johnston, who also passed in childhood.
Friends will be received from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a Vigil service, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Hubert's Chapel located in the annex in St. Joseph Church, 18 E. Center St., Danville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Church, with her nephew, the Rev. Anthony Killian, Parochial Vicar of St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Leesburg, Va., as celebrant.
The burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Judy's memory may be made to EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), Food for the Poor, or Priests for Life.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home, Danville.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on February 22, 2017