Beverly Elaine Rishel (1933 - 2016)

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Beverly Elaine Rishel, age 82, of Rishel Lane, Benezette, Pa., died unexpectedly, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Penn Highlands of DuBois, Pa.
Born Sept. 13, 1933, on Gray Hill, Jay Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Charles and LaJune (Sexton) Larkin.
She was married to Warren Dill Gallagher in 1954; he preceded her in death in 1971. On July 26, 1974, she was married to Ronald Rishel. He survives in Benezette.
She was a graduate of Benezette High School.
Beverly worked at the Metal Wire Recovery Corporation plant in Driftwood and Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys in her younger years. As a homemaker, she was kept busy with seven children in the course of eight years. She still found time to enjoy her home, flower garden and spoiling her children with homemade cakes, pies, cookies and her famous homemade ice cream. After marrying Ronald, they began Rishel Lumber where she served as part owner and secretary from 1973 until 2002, when they sold the business. Beverly loved all her children and especially loved having them gathered around her. She was very generous, giving and enjoyed helping her family. For many years Beverly had a traditional Easter egg hunt which was the highlight of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The tradition is still carried on today.
She was a member of Benezette United Methodist Church and active with the Benezette Community Hall.
She lived all her life in Bennetts Valley.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by seven children: Debra (Jim) Smith of Reynoldsville, Pa., Duane "Kevin" Gallagher of Benezette, Pa., Brenda Maholtz of Benezette, Pa., Michele (Randy) Ashby of Amity, Pa., Connie (Fred) Silver of Saltsburg, Pa., Linda Gallagher of Benezette, Pa., and Michael (Tanya) Gallagher of Benezette, Pa.; four stepchildren: Donna Rishel of Trent, Mo., Jane (Francis) Dorr of Indiana, Pa., Robin (John) Hayes of Caledonia, Pa. and Dale Rishel of Driggs, Idaho; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack Larkin of Niceville, Fla.; three sisters, Joanne Bienz of Fredericksburg, Va., Darlene Gaborek of Benezette, Pa. and Judy (Harry) McGarry of Curwensville, Pa.
In addition to her parents and first husband, she was predeceased by one son-in-law, Curtis Cooter Maholtz; four Brothers: Charles, David, Robert and Richard Larkin; three sisters: Marlene Murphy, Joyce Milkovich and Betty Showers.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, and from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield, Pa. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the funeral home with the Rev. Luther Nelson Sr. and Reverend Lola J. Turnbull officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Benezette, Pa.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennetts Valley Ambulance and will be accepting online condolences at
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Ralph M Geer Funeral Home
12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy
Penfield, PA 15849
(814) 637-5401
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Published in The Courier Express on Sept. 7, 2016