Shirley A. Birtcil, 83, formerly of 665 Minard Run, passed away Saturday (May 3, 2014) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
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She was a beloved mother and grandmother, and she has impressed lasting memories on both her family and friends.
Born Aug. 7, 1930, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Jessie Sneath Eidson. On March 3, 1956, in Bradford, she married Max W. Birtcil, who died on Dec. 2, 2001.
She was a 1948 graduate of Bradford Area High School.
Mrs. Birtcil worked at Kendall Refining Co., then later at the Mental Health Office and, prior to her retirement, she was a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she sang and played in the hand bell choir.
Shirley was part of the Oil Valley Cloggers and enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, square dancing, line dancing and attending the Bradford Senior Center.
Music played a significant role in Shirley's life; the playing of the harmonica, piano and even singing caused an infectious smile on everyone around her. Even throughout the end of Shirley's life, music was a stimulus of melancholy, nostalgia and peace.
Surviving are two daughters, Terrie (Steve) Mascho and Lori Ann (Troy) Johnson, all of Bradford; two sons, Max W. Birtcil Jr. of Glassboro, N.J., and Michael Birtcil of Smethport; 10 grandchildren, Dr. Deanna Mascho-Cawley, Tiffany Kibble, Devon Baumgardner, Preston Birtcil, Jonnie Mascho, Jessie Mascho, Kaylee Birtcil, Tori Johnson, Cody Mascho and Jacob Johnson; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Charlene Shannon of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 372 East Main St., where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Committal services and burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Senior Center; Bradford Ecumenical Home; McKean County SPCA; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from May 5 to May 12, 2014