Barbara J. Richlin Place, 84, of Meshoppen, South Auburn, died Thursday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Barbara is survived by her husband of 64 years, Alfred, whom she married on March 1, 1949.
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Barbara was born on Nov. 28, 1928, in Towanda, the daughter of the late J. Martin "Marty" and Helen Shilkoskie Richlin. She was a graduate of Dushore High School, class of 1946. Barbara was a housewife and homemaker for her family. She was a co-owner of Place's Place Farm in South Auburn, with her husband, Alfred Place. Barb also was a co-owner of Victorian Sensations, which was an antique and clothing store in Bardwell, for several years. She was a member of the St. Joachim's/St. Bonaventure's Roman Catholic Church of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. She was a member of the churches' Altar and Rosary Society and a very active member of the Social Concerns Committee. She was a member of the Susquehanna County Republican Committee, a former member of the Elk Lake School Board, of which she was a past president, and the Shadowbrook bowling league.
She was an avid traveler throughout Europe and Mexico. She was also an avid reader, gardener and hay baler. Barbara was a very loving and caring person and was proud of her family, especially her grandchildren.
Also surviving are her children, Chuck and Mary Place of South Auburn; Debbie and Chuck Perkins of Stevensville; and Eric and Linda Place of South Auburn; her seven grandchildren, Cristen and Jim Charnley of East Stroudsburg; Rebecca and Ashley McClain of Black Walnut; Seth and Kathryn Perkins of Bryn Mawr; Adam Perkins of Bryn Mawr; Nathan Place (Courtney Dumas) of Montrose; Ryan Place (Joanna Murphy) of Cambridge, Mass.; and Erica Place and Bradley Arnold of Tunkhannock; her three great-grandchildren (and counting), Maxwell McClain of Black Walnut; Caity Charnley of East Stroudsburg; and Minnette Perkins of Bryn Mawr; her brother, John and Elaine Richlin of Dushore; her sisters, Betty Miller of Elmira, N.Y.; Peggy and Bernie Fedroff of Dushore; Maxine Weaver of Dushore; and Sylvia Richlin and Marv Boyd of Roseville, Calif.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Layne Place Arnold, on April 4.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. Joachim's Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, with the Rev. Joseph Manarchuck of the church officiating.
The family will furnish their own flowers. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to: Social Concerns of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 245 State St., Wyalusing, PA 18853;
for South Auburn, c/o Mrs. Martha Lott, 724 Lott Road, Meshoppen, PA 18630; or Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth, Mother of God Convent, c/o Sister Theresa May, 215 Wellwood Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home in Meshoppen.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 22, 2013