Beverly J. Richards Longo

Beverly J. Richards Longo, 78, of Kingston, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2013, at the Celtic Healthcare Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre after a courageous battle with cancer and surrounded by her loving family. Our Lord reached down to Beverly to welcome her into Heaven on the blessed day of the Baptism of our Lord.

Born in Kingston, Pa., on August 24, 1934, she was the daughter of the late David and Susan Shiner Richards. Beverly was a graduate of Kingston High School, class of 1952, where she remained an active member of the reunion committee. During her high school years, she shared her gift of music by playing clarinet in marching band, stage band and concert band. She was also a graduate of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing and held various professional positions throughout her 47 year career. Those positions included night supervisor, head of nursing and staff, public health nursing, home health nursing as well as private duty, and she was certified in school nursing. Beverly also graduated from Misericordia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education. She enjoyed her nursing career tremendously as well as all the people she met along the way, colleagues, patients and their families; she was truly an Angel of Mercy.

Beverly especially enjoyed spending time with her two daughters baking, cooking, vacationing, celebrating the holidays and spending time with them as much as possible. A member of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston, she attended as many church functions as possible.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Longo, in 2007; and by her sister, Theresa M. Decker, in 1985.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan A. Longo; Sandra M. Longo and fiancé, Kevin J. Dougherty; sisters, LaMere Fiorini and her husband, Eugene; and Donna Fisher; aunt, Betty Shiner Fahad Gazire; many nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, extended family members and dear, dear friends.

She always cherished her family and friends and enjoyed their company. She received the greatest satisfaction in serving those who sat around her kitchen table. Beverly humbly turned her house into a home in order to celebrate the beautiful gift of family and friends and for all to enjoy.

The funeral will be held Friday, January 18, 2013, at 9 a.m. from Maher-Collins Funeral Home, 360 North Maple Avenue, Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. January 17, 2013, the feast day of St. Anthony, Beverly's patron saint. Memorial donations may be made to the . Condolences can be sent to the family at

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 16, 2013