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Bertha "Bert" Arlene (Hess) Bowen

February 28, 1935 — September 12, 2020

Mechanicsburg

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Bertha “Bert” Arlene (Hess) Bowen

Such a Radiant Person -

Bertha “Bert” Arlene (Hess) Bowen, age 85, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020.  Bert was born on Thursday, February 28, 1935, in Mechanicsburg to the late Paul Hess and Martha (Schwartz) Hess.  Bert was the widow of Ernest E. Bowen, whom she married on February 23, 1952, and who died on November 8, 1991.

Bert’s survivors include her four children: Steven “Steve” Bowen and wife Denise of Mechanicsburg, Kathy Knaub of Mechanicsburg, Barbara “Barb” Stech of Mechanicsburg, Patrick “Pat” Bowen and wife Candi of Lexington, SC; her eight grandchildren; her nine great-grandchildren; her three siblings: Miriam Beistline, Beverly Hertzler, Ronald Hess; and several nieces and nephews.

Bert retired from Greenray Industries in Mechanicsburg, after thirty years of service working as a production manager, her fingerprints extended the whole way to the moon.  She was part of the team who assembled camera components utilized on the first moon landing.  She was a member of the Carlisle Country Club.  Bert enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards.  She was also an avid sports fan and very athletic herself.  Bert loved reading, being outdoors, and going shopping.  She had such a big heart and was always donating her time and money, especially if someone was in need.  Bert was such a caring person and a good friend that always went over and beyond; she just loved life.  Family always came first and her constant support of them never wavered.  Bert will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and for the strong bond she held with her siblings.

All are welcome to join Bert’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Celebrant George Spangler officiating.  Entombment will immediately follow the service in Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill.  Honored to be pallbearers are Colton Bowen, Michael Bowen, Trip Chalk, Jordan Hunter, Keenan Knaub, & Gus Schnell.

Contributions in celebration of Bert’s life can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, www.WoundedWarriorProject.org/Donate or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.StJude.org/Donate.

Bert’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Bert’s full obituary, view her memorial picture, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Gathering of Family & Friends

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Service

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Graveside Service

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Reception

Thursday, September 17, 2020

4:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

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