The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 5, 2014

B. Joyce Bittner

HARRISBURG — BITTNER – B. Joyce, who celebrated the 45th anniversary of her 39th birthday March 24, 2014, died on the eve of March 30, 2014, joining her husband, Don Bittner, and her parents, Austin and Mary (Currie) Cassler, in the place of eternal peace. Her journey began in Somerset. She married Don in 1949, and set up housekeeping in Johnstown, where their three children, Jeff, Doug and Dee were born. In 1958, they moved their clan to Somerset. There Joyce helped her parents in the operation of their grocery store as well as supporting Newberry’s retail efforts until Don’s company transferred to Central Pennsylvania in 1968. Since then, Harrisburg’s West Shore has been “home.” After the relocation, she served the Commonwealth’s Department of Revenue until her retirement. Toward the end of her career and after her retirement, Joyce’s primary passion and devotion was her grandchildren, Austin, Eric and Desiree. Other than her family, her other passion was sports, especially Penn State sports. As an eclectic person, she enjoyed anything Disney, Yorkies, humming birds, orchids, reading and watching westerns and CSI, as well as all kinds of handy gadgets. If there was a bargain to be found, she found it, or a spot to be removed, it was cleaned. All of this and more will be missed by those mentioned and all her extended family: brother, Don; great-grandchildren, Kristopher and Makala; daughters-in-law, Kathleen and Dru; son-in-law, Martin; nephew and niece, Bill and Annie; several cousins; close friends; and all the members of her Tuesday Night Ladies Club. Service will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s honor to the Four Diamonds Fund, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, Pa. 17033. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania Inc.

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