Thelma Bryington

Thelma Catherine "Pat" Bryington, 93, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all, of Gifford, passed away Saturday (April 12, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 5, 1920, in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Beatrice Baumgratz Loichinger. On Feb. 2, 1946, at St. Callistus Church in Kane, she married Harry A. Bryington, who died on Aug. 12, 1975.
She was raised in Kane, attended Kane High School and worked at the Kane Shirt Factory.
After World War II, she moved to Gifford and raised her family like the television show "Leave it to Beaver." She was a great cook and appreciated her neighbors for all they have done for her over the last few years. She loved her Lord as well as the town of Gifford.
She was employed as a seamstress at Jaguar Manufacturing from the age of 54 until she retired at the age of 70. She was the treasurer and last living member of the Mount Alton Rosary Altar Society.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonita (Gary A.) Leet of Gifford and Pamela (Rick) Elliott-Burdick of Black Creek, N.Y.; one son, Clifford J. "Kip" Bryington of Bradford; one sister, Mildred Schodt of Erie; seven grandchildren, Gary C. (Tina) Leet, Patti Ann (Emery) Lewis, April (Andy) Fisher, Cindy Bryington, Michael Elliott, Jacqulene Elliott, Bradley (Samantha) Leet; four stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter-in-law, Connie Bryington; one grandson, Harry James Bryington; and one infant brother, Robert Loichinger.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. South Avenue, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery in Ridgway.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department; the SPCA; or a .
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Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 14 to Apr. 21, 2014