Judith B. Andrews 86 of Riverside PA passed
away peacefully in her home on December 6, 2019 with her daughter, Juliet by
She was born in Sunbury at the Mary M. Packer
Hospital on April 4, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Pauline Deppen
and John D. Bauer.
Her formative education was at Oaklyn
Consolidated School through eighth grade. Upon completion of high school,
she attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College where she received a
bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1954. It was here that she met
her future husband, Frank Andrews. They married in August of 1955. She
taught third grade at the First Ward Elementary School in Danville. During
this time, she began volunteering at the Thomas Beaver Free Library until
her promotion to head librarian. She earned a Master of Education Degree
from Bloomsburg State Teacher’s College in 1969.
Judith committed her
life work to the legacy of the Thomas Beaver Free Library. Judith believed
her most important role was to serve the public. Whether an employee or
patron, Mrs. Andrews, affectionately known as Mrs. A., inspired and mentored
all who entered its doors. She exemplified the best of librarianship with
her will to serve the public in a free library, to protect the right to read
for all patrons and to represent the democratic freedom of the library.
Towards the end of her career, Judith was
instrumental in working with the Montour County Historical Society. In the
year 2000, Judith was formerly recognized by the Montour County
Commissioners for her lifelong dedication to the community.
Her interests varied from reading the New York
Times to crocheting baby blankets. She was an avid reader, crafter and
collector. Judith’s personal expressions are what made the Andrews house
feel like home to so many.
Judith enjoyed attending family reunions,
birthdays and dinners out with the “library ladies”. This past July, she was
able to attend the memorable “Ninth Street Block Party” surrounded by her
neighbors and friends of the Riverside Community.
Judith will always be remembered for her
intellect, strength and her willingness to speak her mind. Her sharp sense
of humor will be missed most of all.
She is survived by her daughter Juliet Andrews
Rall and her husband Thomas as well as her beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth;
all of Sunbury PA. She is also survived by her brother John Bauer and his
wife Rose Ann of Dallas, PA. She will be deeply missed by her many nieces
In addition to her parents and husband she is
preceded in death by her grandson Thomas Rall and her sister Jane Knup, all
of whom she adored.
The family would like to share their deepest
love, admiration and respect for her private caregivers who provided
kindness, compassion, attentiveness, constant hugs, kisses and laughter to
our “Nonny”. They will be forever in our memory and always be considered
part of our family.
Special thanks to the staff of Life Geisinger
and our deepest gratitude goes out to Geisinger Hospice for their immediate
attention to our needs.
Family and friends will be received at a
Gathering from 5 pm – 8 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Visneski Funeral
Home, Inc. 42 W. Mahoning Street Danville PA
Memorial Contributions may be made to the
Thomas Beaver Free Library 205 Ferry St., Danville, PA 17821, Montour
County Historical Society P.O. Box 8, Danville, PA 17827, or the charity of