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In Loving Memory


Bertha Mae (Bea) Holibaugh
1/16/1919 - 2/15/2013

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Bertha Mae (Bea) Holibaugh, age 94 of Distant, Armstrong County and Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg, died Friday evening, February 15, 2013 at the Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights following a brief illness.

Born January 16, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Forrester Minick.

Bea was a 1937 graduate of the Kittanning High School.

She married Clarence (Holly) Holibaugh on August 17, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 1, 2002.

Bea considered herself a homemaker, but will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her, as a hard working lady that took on whatever needed done, from cleaning houses to waxing cars and many things in between.

She was a member of the Springside Baptist Church in New Bethlehem. Through the years, Bea volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and participated in the Dorcas Fellowship, visiting shut-in and raising funds for missions. She considered her church a top priority.

Bea was a great baker, sharing her homemade goodies with friends and neighbors. She enjoyed walking with the girls, visiting with neighbors, gardening and yard work and loved being out in the sun.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Masello and her husband, Richard, of Ford City; a granddaughter, Stacie Smith Goldinger and her husband, Robert, of Kittanning and a grandson, Richard Jesse Masello of Ford City.

She is also survived by a great granddaughter and great grandson, Brynn and Brandon Goldinger of Kittanning and a sister, Mildred Sedwick of Yukon, Oklahoma.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bea was preceded in death by four brothers: Kenneth, Darl, Floyd and James Minick and a sister, Genevieve (Jenny) Beham.

Family and friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 301 Penn Street, New Bethlehem.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in the funeral home with the Reverend Tim Tucker, pastor of the Springside Baptist Church, officiating over the service.

Interment will follow at the Oakland Cemetery in Distant.

Memorial contributions may be given in the name of Bertha Mae (Bea) Holibaugh to the Springside Baptist Church, 3504 Route 28/66, New Bethlehem, PA 16242

Online condolences may be sent to Bea’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com



Online Condolences


From:  Monie Keener   New Bethlehem Pennsylvania


Relationship:  friend



Dear Sandee, Rick and Jesse, Grams will be missed but will be remembered for her pure white pixie haircut, pink tinted glasses and sparkling blue eyes. She was nearly like a Mother to me as well as we go back a very long way. She was devoted to the Lord as she pra-ticed and shared her Faith with others. She's finally at Peace.

Sent:  2/16/2013


From:  Jack McCullough   Tionesta pa


Relationship:  family friend



Bea will be missed ,she was a sweet lady ive known her since a small child . Holly worked the Joy station in distant for my great grandfather Leslie Shumaker .she will always be remembered as a very sweet lady god be with the family . grand son of William and Mary McCULLOUGH

Sent:  2/18/2013


From:  Coni and Gene Kifer   Clarion Pennsylvania


Relationship:  Friend



Dear Sandee, Rick, and Jesse, Your mother, grandmother was such a special lady and you will never know how much she loved and cared for you. She spoke fondly of each of you all the time and wanted only the best for you, especially concerning your spiritual walk. She was a Christian example to everyone she met and as you know she was my spiritual mentor most of my life as well as a second mother. She was a dedicated wife, mother,grandmother, and friend to many and spent her days striving to honor and glorify God. Now she can bask in His presence forever along with your wonderful Dad. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug and to hold you hand during this difficult time. Gene and I are praying for you and your family. See you soon...Love, Coni and Gene

Sent:  2/18/2013


From:  Richard and Ellen Horner   Rimersburg PA


Relationship:  Horners Strawberry Farm Owners



Our deepest sympathy

Sent:  2/19/2013


From:  The Keihl's   Brookville PA


Relationship:  Friend



Sandy and family....we all have the best memories of our days in Distant with your Mother and Dad and then back home in Brookville with Aunt Grace and family. So sorry for your loss. We saw this too late to pay our respects but we are all thinking of you and yours.

Sent:  2/20/2013


From:  Daryla Shreckengost   Kittanning Pa


Relationship:  friend



Stacie, Bob, & kids, Our deepest sympathy on the recent death of your grandmother. We know how special she was to you & the kids, & how she enjoyed your visits. Greg & Daryla Shreckengost

Sent:  2/25/2013


From:  Cindy Kespelher   Kittanning PA


Relationship:  Friend



Bob,Stacie,Brynn and Brandon, Your grandmother was so proud of you Stacie. She would always say how smart you are and that you are a nurse. You and your family are a living legacy to her. She lives in your heart. So sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

Sent:  2/26/2013


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