Lois C. Bryner, 93, formerly of 38 Ash St., Danville, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. at Emmanuel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Maria Joseph, Danville, where she had resided for the past two years.
She was born April 25, 1923, in Wrightsville, a daughter of the late Rev. Charles Wilbur and Carrie (Waltman) Bryner.
Lois was a graduate of Danville High School and in 1944 from the Bloomsburg State Teacher's College where she was on the Dean's Honor List for scholastic excellence. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi which was an honorary fraternity in education. She was one of the first students to receive a degree on the three-year plan that was instituted because of the war. She obtained her master of science degree in education on Jan. 31, 1948 from Bucknell University.
She began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in the Danville Area School District at the Second Ward School. She later taught at the Mahoning-Cooper Elementary School, where in addition to teaching was the acting principal. Lois retired in 1989 after 45 years of service.
Lois devoted her life to education and supervised more than 10,000 students, 25 teachers, 25 student teachers and six teachers aides. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Lois served as a representative in the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She was also the first elementary teacher in the district to earn a master's degree in elementary education while also obtaining certification as an elementary principal, reading specialist, and supervisor of elementary education. Lois received many honors including Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America in 1972 and was named "First Lady of the Year" by the Danville Chapter of Tau Sigma Phi Sorority in 1986.
Lois was the longest active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Danville, where her father, the Rev. Charles Wilbur Bryner had served as pastor. Her membership there began on June 12, 1932 at the age of nine.
Lois was an avid gardener, especially flower gardening. She also enjoyed traveling. One of her greatest enjoyments in life was serving her friends and family through her selfless acts of caring with any needs they may have had.
Lois is survived by one niece, Betsy Peyton and her husband, Tom, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; two-great-nieces; Mollie Yeatts and her husband, Bruce and daughter, Peyton, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Beth Walker and her husband, Travis, and their children, Sarah, Daniel and Noah, of Warrenton, Va.; and one great-nephew, Alan Mills and his wife, Kenyette, of Montclair, Va.; and several other great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Leon K. Bryner Sr.; and one nephew; Leon K. Bryner Jr.
Friends and family will be received from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville, followed by the funeral at 11 with the Rev. Ronald S. French officiating.
Burial will be private in Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville.
Memorial contributions in Lois' memory may be made to the Danville Area Community Foundation, 725 W. Front St., Berwick, PA 18603.
Published on August 11, 2016