Beatrice L. "Bea" Holleran, 87, of 11 Dennis Lane, passed away Thursday (July 18, 2013) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born Oct. 10, 1925, in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late William and Cecile (Wright) McGinnis.
On Jan. 12, 1946, in St. Bernard Church with Father Reilly officiating, she married James Holleran, who survives.
Mrs. Holleran was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. She had worked in Washington, D.C. for J. Edgar Hoover and returned to Bradford in 1945. She was a stay at home mom while she raised her children. She filled in as a substitute secretary for her sister in law, Nancy Holleran, for one week at Dresser Manufacturing, which turned into 33 years of employment. She retired as an executive secretary to the controller.
She was a member of St. Bernard Church, member and past president of the Catholic Women's Club, and a member of the Current Events Club, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Mrs. Holleran volunteered for the
and twice was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. She was an avid reader and volunteered at the Bradford Area Public Library. She was famous for her cross-stitching and homemade cookies.
In addition to her husband, Jim, of 67 years, she is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Copeland of Lancaster, Ohio, and Carol (Tom) Thomas of Northumberland; one son, James Michael (Donna) Holleran, of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Pat McGinnis of Westminster, Colo.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant daughter, Mary Ellen; one grandson, Andrew J. Thomas; a son-in-law, John Copeland; and a brother, Roland L. "Rollie" McGinnis.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, 372 E. Main St., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the
, 95 Main St., Bradford, PA 16701; or the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 W. Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from July 19 to July 25, 2013