Margaret Elizabeth Bittner
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Margaret Elizabeth Bittner
She was born at Geisinger Hospital on the eve of Christmas, 1932. Margaret's delivery was a special one in many regards: she was an early Christmas gift to her late parents, Ruth I. (Shipman) and Melvin P. Shultz and she was the only girl born in the hospital that evening, following the births of multiple baby boys. "Special" was indeed, the best adjective to describe her life as a person.
Margaret was a very kind and giving woman who especially cherished children. She touched the lives of many kids with such great love and goodness.
She was the youngest of five children. Her siblings included William A. Shultz, Pauline R. Litz, Robert P. Shultz, and Franklin C. Shultz, all of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by nieces, Romaine Hinkle and Joette Litz.
Growing up in Danville, Margaret was happy, popular, and pretty. She was raised in the First Baptist Christian Church as a faithful and obedient follower. She led the Danville Girls and Boys Band as a majorette, participated as a varsity cheerleader, and starred in a lead role in her senior play at Danville Area High School. In addition, Margaret worked at Geisinger Hospital as a candy striper while in high school.
Following graduation from DAHS in 1950, Margaret enrolled in Bloomsburg State Teachers College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1954. During her collegiate years, she served as a fashion model for a prominent dress shop/shows in downtown Bloomsburg. She thoroughly enjoyed her summers while in college working as a playground supervisor at the Ferry Street Playground.
After graduation, Margaret started her teaching career in Shamokin Dam where she taught multiple grades in one room. Following the births of her children, she transitioned to substitute teaching for many years. During her professional years, she also managed The Factory Outlet hat and clothing store in Sunbury for five years.
In 1954, she married the late Earle Theodore Bittner of Sunbury. Their marital union spanned 36 years, until his passing in 1990.
Margaret's most cherished role was as a mother to her sons: retired and decorated United States Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Theodore Bittner of Danville, and Earle "Tre" Theodore Bittner III of Sunbury, who survive.
Margaret was a daughter, sister, mother, wife and friend to many, and all who knew her were and are better people for it.
In addition to Jeff and Tre, Margaret is survived by daughters-in-law, Beth Bittner of Danville and Diana Bittner of Sunbury; nieces, Dr. Helen Shields, MD, Heather Hess, Carole Hogan, RN, and Kathleen Kretz; nephews, Richard Kretz and George Ross; grandchildren, Justin Bittner, Randi Bittner, and Adam Fejes; great-grandchildren, Trevor Bittner, Reese Wert, Gwen Kerstetter, and Noah Bender; as well as a grandniece: Danielle Calabrette; grandnephew, Jonathan Hinkle; grandnephew and Godson, Ross J. Litz; and her best friend of 54 years, Patricia Rickert of Sunbury. In addition, Patricia's daughter, Kathleen R. Bechtel, was a very dear and lifelong friend of Margaret's, too.
Margaret was an especially gifted home maker who enjoyed cooking, house cleaning, interior design and decorating (of which she was very talented), shopping, watching television, reading the newspaper and other magazine publications, and helping others and most of all, taking great care of and spending time with her family and friends. She always greeted others with a glowing smile and a kind word.
The viewing will be private. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Brady Funeral Home, 448 Church St., Danville.
Burial will follow in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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