Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Author: The Morning Call
Mary Josephine Genevieve Kearney Bowers Heppell , passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Sept. 11 in Valley Manor Nursing Center, Coopersburg. Born March 7, 1915 in the little town of Shilelahg, Ireland, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Sarah (Mohall) Kearney. In 1921 Dodo, her Irish nickname, sailed to America, where she would spend most of her life in Philadelphia and Collingswood, N.J. She was a 1933 graduate of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls School, Philadelphia. She worked as an analyst for the Department of the Navy at the Naval Depot, Philadelphia, for 15 years. She was the widow of the late William Bowers and Norman Heppell .
Survivors: Sons, Michael J. Bowers and his wife, Theresa, of Valencia, Calif. and Thomas Bowers and his wife, Pam, of Tchachepi, Calif.; daughters, Patricia Rieken of Encino, Calif., Gloria Cappuccio of Warminster and Eileen Dress and her husband, Robert, of Coopersburg; brother, Patrick Kearney in Maryland; grandchildren, Mark, Anthony, Karen, Rob, David, Melanie, Nicole, Jason, Brian, Joy, Tyler and Patrick; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ronald J. Ronnie Bowers, age 11 and brothers, William and Thomas Kearney. She loved her family and they loved her dearly. Her sweet smiling face and twinkling eyes will remain with them.
Services: funeral Mass, recognizing her life and sharing her memory, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in St. Isidores Catholic Church, Quakertown, preceded by a time for family and friends to call from 9-10 a.m. Friday in the church.
Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Pennsauken, N.J. The Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral Home, 20 N. Ambler St., Quakertown 18951.
Contributions: The family requests rememberances in the form of contributions to the Alzheimers Association, 100 N. 17th St., Second Floor, Philadelphia 19103-2737 or the American Diabetes Association, 1 Plymouth Meeting, Suite 520, Plymouth Meeting 19462-1316.
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