Elizabeth M. Callery
1935 - 2021

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 your favorite charity in her honor. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.LordBixler.com.

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Published by Republican & Herald from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2021.
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Dear Callery family...My deepest condolences go out to you. My daughter and I lived across the street from your family in the seventies.I have very fond memories of your mom and dad. Your mom and I would talk outside. I always thought we had such great neighbors..kind and generous!
Diane Murphy Krout
January 23, 2021
Quick of wit, beautiful at every decade, gracious beyond what most of us deserved, Mrs Callery will truly be missed. She was an exemplary human being. My sincere condolences.
Janine Watkins
January 21, 2021
To the Callery Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Elizabeth. Vince was my cousin and whenever I visited their home to discuss Fleming family genealogy research, Elizabeth was the ever gracious hostess with some delicious snack and sending me home with a goody bag and bottle of water. She will certainly be missed. God Bless.
Carol Hornung Sadowski
January 20, 2021