Gertrude M. Neff

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Nov. 24, 2012

Gertrude M. Neff, 94, of Wilkes-Barre, passed on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Nov. 4, 1918, a daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth Gresser Reilly. She attended St. Nicholas High School. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed by the Wilkes-Barre School District and as a domestic worker for several local families.

Mrs. Neff was an active and devoted member of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society and loved to volunteer her time for church functions such as the annual Church Bazaar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Neff, in 1986, and by her brothers, Gilbert, Francis and Joseph Reilly, and by her sisters Marie Andres and Louise Roos.

Surviving are daughter, Patricia, Exeter; stepdaughter, Jean Marie, New Jersey; grandchildren, Leigh Fierman, Dawn Fierman Smith, Joel and Jason Fierman; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Fierman, David Fierman, Tyler and Jaycee Smith, Chase Acri, Avery Fierman and Jaden Fierman; sister Doris Berrettini, Dupont; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Nicholas Campaign Fund, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Published in Times Leader on Nov. 26, 2012