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Alma (Boyer) Carl

NORTHUMBERLAND — Alma (Boyer) Carl, 85, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Nottingham Village following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born June 21, 1927, Alma was the fourth child of seven born to Rufus and Ruth (Whary) Boyer, of Gowen City. Prior to moving to Nottingham Village, Alma resided in Elysburg and Paxinos.

She graduated in 1945 from Shamokin High School. In 1954, she married Daniel E. Carl, who preceded her in death Jan. 28, 2005, after 50 years of marriage.

She worked for 12 years as a legal secretary for attorney Irving Wiest. In 1957, she "retired" to begin her career as a mother to her daughters, Diane and Denise. She was an active member of the Mother's Club at Paxinos Elementary School.

After her children became teenagers, Alma became active in volunteer work. She spent many years as a Red Cross volunteer, working blood drives in the area. She did this until about the age of 80. She and her husband, Danny, also were very involved with the Tall Cedars and their fundraising projects.

You may have spotted Alma and her volunteers on WNEP making Easter eggs as part of a fundraiser for Miller's Crossroads Church at the Stonington Fire Company a few years ago. She was also involved each year with the doughnut day fundraiser and the annual ice cream festival. Alma loved to help with projects and was always one of the first to volunteer.

One of the loves of her life was the Ralpho Township Library. After Danny died and Alma moved to Elysburg, she filled many of her days volunteering at the library. She used to call it "going to work" and it filled her heart with joy to be needed at her advanced age. She spoke often of the librarian, Pat Bidding, and many of the regular visitors to the library.

Those of you that knew Alma knew how important having her hair look perfect meant to her. Her dear friend, Ann Vesnefski, accomplished this task. Ann was like a third daughter to Alma, even donating blood to her when she had an operation many years ago.

Alma loved to do crossword puzzles, watch "Jeopardy" and play cards on Friday afternoons at the Elysburg Senior Citizen Action Center. She also attended her monthly class luncheons and the Coal Cracker events.

Alma was a member of Miller's Crossroad Church and a social member of the Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club in Paxinos. She especially enjoyed events such as the club opening, egg nog party and the annual Halloween parties. Alma and her close friend, Bette Capozello, always came in costume to the Halloween parties and could be heard singing karaoke.

Alma's daughter, Denise, lived in many locations due to her husband, David Derk, being in the Air Force. Alma loved to travel and visited Denise and her family in Germany, Las Vegas, Montana, Virginia and California. Alma and Danny also took numerous trips following his retirement to Florida, Branson, Boston and other locations.

Alma became a great-grandmother on Feb. 15, 2013, to Caden Archer Bernard, a son of Yvonne and J.P. Bernard, of Arlington, Va.

Also surviving are her daughter, Diane, and her husband, Jim Luberecki, and her granddog, Hogan; her brothers, Walter Boyer, and his wife Bev, and R.J. and his wife, Bonnie; her sister-in-law, Ann Boyer, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence "Liz" Troxell, and her husband, Tom, and Betty Culp and her husband, Bob, and two brothers, Darrell "Pat" Boyer and his wife, Joan, and Grant "Rusty" Boyer.

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CARL — Alma (Boyer) Carl, 85, of Northumberland, formerly of Paxinos and Elysburg. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St., Coal Township. Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Ralpho Township Public Library, 206 S. Market St., Elysburg 17824.

Published in News Item on Feb. 26, 2013
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