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Bernice L. Baumgardner


Bernice L. “Bernie” Baumgardner, 77, of Steelton, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018. She was the loving wife to the late Barry L. Baumgardner Sr., to whom she had been married for 55 years.

Bernie was born September 23, 1940, to William and Dorothy Harmon, and raised in Kiskimere, Pa., a small village on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. She attended Leechburg Area High School and graduated with the Class of 1958. After graduation, she relocated to Harrisburg to accept a position with the Dept. of Revenue. It was there that she met her future husband, Barry. After their marriage, she became a stay at home mom and raised a family while maintaining the accounting books for their businesses, Barry’s Grocery and Ben’s Exxon. While doing this, Bernie was also very active in her children’s education. Whether it was chauffeuring a load of kids, chaperoning or chairing Parent Teacher Committees, she was always involved.

After her children were raised, Bernie, or Bernard as she was affectionately known, decided to join the workforce again. She took a position at the Steelton Flower Shop where she helped arrange and deliver flowers and then became a Pharmacy Tech Assistant at Rite Aid. A people person, Bernie loved meeting and interacting with people on a daily basis. Bernie loved her coffee. One only had to look or listen and you could find her at the old Rea & Derrick’s food counter, Dunkin’ Donuts or at Turkey Hill on Front Street! She always had a cup of coffee in her hand.

Bernie was a regular attendee of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hummelstown. She was a lifelong Steel-High and Pittsburgh Steelers Fan and an avid reader of novels. She loved taking care of her many rose bushes and loved sharing the blooms with friends and neighbors. Bernie was very patriotic… never passing up the opportunity to sing patriotic songs or wave the flag at parades.

Surviving are a daughter, Lorre Cooper and husband Shawn; son, Barry Baumgardner Jr.; grandchildren, Zachary and Nicholas Myers, Madison and Skylar Baumgardner, and Alexis Cooper; brother, Richard Harmon; and sisters, Dorothy Ann Seckman and Judy Nolf.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12 p.m., with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc.