- Local Guide
Bertha Froese Enns Anthony, 97, died June 10, 2012, at home.
She was born Oct. 2, 1914, in Rosenort, East Manitoba, Canada, but grew up near Brownsville, Texas, after moving to the United States as a child.
She graduated from Brownsville High School, where she was crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year.
June 15, 1933, she married Mark Alexander Anthony, who preceded her in death in 1983.
Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. Anthony moved to Pennsylvania and lived the rest of her life in the Rochester Mills area.
One of her greatest accomplishments and prideful moments was when she became a U.S. citizen March 25, 1953. She had the greatest love for her country.
In her early married life, she began attending church in Marchand and let the love of Jesus fill her to overflowing. She became a member of the Christian Missionary & Alliance Church and served as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher/director and a member of the church choir for many years.
Due to her love of Jesus, she was burdened for the souls of young children. For this reason, she was active with the Jefferson County Child Evangelism Fellowship of Western Pennsylvania as a Good News Club teacher for 30 years. She taught three to four clubs every year and touched the lives of more than 500 children.
Mrs. Anthony lived by the word of God all of her life and has shared the love of God with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She always made a point of finding a quiet place to talk to God, seeking his direction and wisdom, which ultimately guided her through her life.
Mrs. Anthony was a faithful prayer warrior and an inspiration to all those who knew her.
One of the things that she enjoyed was flying with her husband. They traveled extensively in their plane, where she liked being the navigator.
She also appreciated being an active member of the Pennsylvania Flying Farmersâ€™ Association with her husband. She was very proud to be a farmerâ€™s wife and honored to be crowned Flying Farmer Queen.
She loved her gardening, whether vegetable or flower, and everyone who knew her was blessed by her gifts. In later years, she enjoyed painting; birds were her favorite subject.
Due to her love of music, she purchased a piano at the age of 70 and took lessons for several years.
Surviving relatives include her children, Clifford Anthony and wife Margaret (Peggy) of Rochester Mills, Leroy Anthony and wife Betty of Punxsutawney, John Anthony and wife Ruth of Plumville, Robert Anthony his wife Janet of Punxsutawney, Joan Diem and husband David of Rochester Mills, Wayne Anthony and wife Judy, of Smicksburg, Katherine Titus and husband William of Marchand, Charles Anthony of Orange Park, Fla., Alice Oâ€™Dell and husband Joe of Indiana, and Gary Anthony of Rochester Mills.
Her surviving grandchildren include Sarah (Anthony) Rising, Timothy Anthony, Edward Anthony, Barbara (Anthony) Means, Dawn (Anthony) Hein, Terri Anthony, Cheryl (Anthony) Means, Douglas Anthony, Marsha (Anthony) Barisano, Laura (Anthony) Stewart, Bridget (Anthony) Hiloui, Brent Anthony, Kenneth Diem; Annette (Diem) Young, Jeremy Anthony, Stephen Anthony, Rebecca (Anthony) Barrs, Angela (Titus) States, Tracy (Titus) Dutko, Jeffrey Titus, Gregory Anthony, Corey Anthony, Charles Mark Anthony, Michelle Anthony, Mark Alexander Anthony II, Danielle (Anthony) Feliciano, Marcella Anthony, Jessica Anthony, Amanda McAnulty, Ryan Oâ€™Dell, Tawni Oâ€™Dell, Trina Plazio, David Anthony and Daniel Anthony.
She is also survived by 56 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a grandson, William Paul Titus; two great-granddaughters, Mikala Anthony and Evangeline Rose Anthony; a daughter-in-law, Charlene Anthony; her parents, John H. Enns and Katherine Froese Enns; nine brothers John, Frank, Henry, Albert, Bernard, Herman, Reynold, Edward and William Enns; and two sisters, Anne Cofield and Rose Glenn.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Shumaker Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the church with Pastor Buchmann and Rev. Nathan Zipfel officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Jefferson County Child Evangelism Fellowship of Western Pennsylvania.