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Meredith Janeyl Barnhart

Meredith Janeyl Barnhart Obituary

Meredith Janeyl Barnhart, Ph.D., 37, formerly of Llewellyn, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 18, at her home in Mahwah, N.J.

A licensed social worker, Meredith was the director of the Information Resource Center for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rye Brook, N.Y., for the past four years. Before joining the , Meredith was a pediatric oncology worker at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York City, for 10 years.

Born in Pottsville, Meredith grew up in Llewellyn before moving to New York City, Mamaroneck, N.Y., and most recently, Mahwah, N.J.

Meredith was a graduate of Minersville Area High School. She earned a bachelors degree in social work from Elizabethtown College and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. Most recently Meredith defended her doctoral dissertation at Fordham University and earned a doctorate of philosophy in social work in April. Meredith was extremely proud of her work in the field of oncology social work and as a member of many professional organizations, including Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers and Association of Social Work. Most important to Meredith was the lasting and positive impact she had upon the patients whom she was privileged to assist while they were preparing or undergoing treatment. She maintained countless lasting friendships with many of her coworkers and fellow professionals in the field of oncology social work.

Her sudden death leaves not only a gaping void in the hearts of those who loved her dearly, but in the hearts of her relatives, friends and colleagues and throughout the entirety of the oncology social work network of professionals.

Meredith is survived by her parents, Robert and Colleen (Maley) Barnhart, of Llewellyn; her brother, Matthew, husband of Caroline Barnhart, and daughters, Jo and Lilah; her uncles, Elvin Maley (Betsy), of Sheppton, Michael Maley (Linda), of Pottsville, Robert Maley, of Tremont, Michael Barnhart (Debbie), of of BranchDale, Frank Barnhart (Jane), of Minersville, David Barnhart and Richard Kosmisky, husband of her late aunt Debbie, of Auburn; her fiance' Jeffrey Knapp of Mahwah, N.J., to whom she became engaged while on a recent vacation to St. Croix; great-uncles, aunts and cousins.

Meredith was predeceased by her grandparents, Elvin and Dorothy Maley, of Minersville, and Robert and Nancy Barnhart, of Llewellyn; her godparents, Jane and Glen Greenawald, of Llewellyn, and her beloved aunt, Deborah Kosmisky, of Auburn.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., 104 S. Fourth St., Minersville. All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mount Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Meredith's family kindly requests donations in her memory be made to 's Light the Night national event to raise funds for and awareness of blood cancers. pages.lls.org/Itn/ctwhv/Wstchstr/inmemory . Due to COVID-19, all recommended social distancing, mask requirements and public safety guidelines will be followed. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with the arrangements.

Published in Republican & Herald from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2020
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