Bernice R. Cowan

Bernice R. Cowan, 89, of Market Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Manor of the Susquehanna Village.

Born in Williamstown, May 25, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Ida Schoffstall Row.

Bernice was a life long resident of Williamstown, a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. She had worked in the local dress factory in Williamstown. She was also the former Secretary/Treasurer of the Fairview Cemetery Association.

She was an active member of the Evangelical Congregational Church, Williamstown.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Edgar G. Cowan, Jr., 2001; a brother, Weldon Schoffstall.

Surviving are two sons, Edgar G. Cowan III, Tower City and Richard E. Cowan, Sr., Halifax; one sister, Elva Row Pratt, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Eric, Richie, Shawn and Sara Cowan; a sister, Elva Row Pratt, and a brother, Herman Elwood Row, Delaware.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. from Evangelical Congregational Church, 332 W. Market St., Williamstown with Pastor Brian Smith, followed by a luncheon and time of fellowship in the church social hall. Private burial will take place in the Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to her E.C. Church, c/o Gail Paul, 348 Elizabeth Street, Williamstown, PA 17098. Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc., Williamstown has been entrusted with the arrangements. To sign the guest book visit

Published in The News Item on Dec. 6, 2012