Beverly L. Breese

Beverly L. Breese, 74, a resident of Philadelphia, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed from this life into the loving arms of her Saviour in the company of her family early Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2013, in the hospice inpatient unit of Holy Redeemer Hospital, Huntingdon Valley, following a lingering illness.

Born June 17, 1938, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Vincie James and Louise Sands Breese. Educated in city schools, she was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She furthered her education by attending Penn State University, University Park.

Until her retirement, Miss Breese worked as an administrative assistant for President Peter Liacoras at Temple University, Philadelphia.

While in Philadelphia, Miss Breese was a member of Zion Baptist Church, where she was active in the church's usher ministry and comfort choir. Locally, she previously attended the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre, where she served her time as the Sunday school secretary, participated with the vacation Bible school and was active with the Baptist Youth Training Union.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Deacon James S. Breese and Mr. Donald E. Breese, and by a grandnephew, Sidney Hugh Breese.

Surviving are six nieces and nephews, including her caregivers, Mr. Ronald J. Breese and his cousin, Ms. Bonniee L. Breese; five great-nieces and great-nephews; and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Breese, Wilkes-Barre; and Mrs. Bertha Breese, Durham, N.C.

Homegoing services for Miss Breese will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday from New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church, 774 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Bishop Wallace E. Smith, pastor, officiating.

Entombment will follow in the Oak Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum, 1250 S. Main St., Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join the Breese family for visitation and remembrances at New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday.

John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., Wilkes-Barre Heights chapel, is honored to care for Miss Breese and her family at this time.

To send the Breese family words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 17, 2013