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Elizabeth M. Callery


1935 - 2021
Elizabeth M. Callery Obituary

Elizabeth M. (Kirwan) Callery passed away peacefully with her family by her side Jan. 16, 2021.

Born Feb. 18, 1935, in Pottsville, Elizabeth was a daughter of the late William and Freda Kirwan.

She was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School and St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Md., where she made lifelong friendships. Elizabeth's first job out of college was as a courier for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Washington, D.C. After marrying, she also worked at Merck & Co. in Philadelphia before returning to Pottsville to raise her family.

Elizabeth was the wife of the late Dr. Vincent A. Callery, to whom she was married for 50 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved son, Patrick V.A. Callery; her brothers William, Robert and John Kirwan.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Meg Callery (Paul Sullivan), Jennifer Verzella (Louis) and Elizabeth Orton (Christopher). Elizabeth has six adoring grandchildren who affectionately called her "Grand" (because she was), Elizabeth, Sarah and Luke Verzella and Emma, Jackson and Calvin Orton. She leaves nieces and nephews along with her many friends.

Elizabeth enjoyed gardening, classical music and history. She had a knack for making friends. To know her was to feel love. She opened her home to all and enjoyed hosting her family and friends. A seat at her kitchen table guaranteed you a delicious snack and wonderful conversation; you left in better spirits than you arrived. We will miss her always and attempt to carry on her legacy of kindness and finding beauty in all things.

Services will be private, but livestreaming information can be found at www.lordbixler.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to in her honor. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.LordBixler.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2021
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