Bruce R. Anthony

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BERWICK — Bruce R. Anthony, 67, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, surrounded by his family at the Berwick Hospital Center where he had been a patient for the past 11 days.

He was born in Danville, Nov. 7, 1944, a son of the late R. Gregg and Lucille (Schaffner) Anthony.

He was a 1962 graduate of Coal Township High School, where he was active in sports. He was manager for the football team and played baseball and wrestled.

Bruce was married for more than 13 years to the former Peggy Beaver, who survives.

He dedicated his spare time to serving others. He coached teener league baseball for the Berwick Lions for several years. He was a counselor at the St. Michael's Boys Home in Tunkannock for two years. In 1988, he began 25 years of service as a volunteer at SCI Retreat. He was honored as Volunteer of the Year and received a commendation from the governor for his service. He also served as the northeast coordinator for Second Chance Ministries Inc., and as a facilitator of the Walking Your Faith Program.

Inhalation therapy was an innovative program at Temple University when Bruce completed the program there. He went on to initiate the respiratory therapy department at Berwick Hospital where he remained a respiratory therapist for nearly 40 years. Bruce also spent time working at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia and at Geisinger in Danville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Penni Lyn Kalie and her husband, Thomas, of Shickshinny, and Tammi Fink and her husband, Michael, of Berwick; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Courtney, Eric, Joseph, Russel, Derek and Katie, and several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey.

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ANTHONY — Bruce R. Anthony, 67, of Berwick. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the New Covenant Christian Center, 212 W. 11th St., Berwick, with his pastor, the Rev. Richard DiLena, officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the New Covenant Christian Center Prison Ministry. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McMichael-Rairigh and Baker Funeral Home.
Published in The News Item on Jan. 26, 2013
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