Judy Bittner Phennicie Krupper, 74, of Berlin, passed away after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on July 5, 2020 at home. Born June 26, 1946 in Somerset, daughter of the late Joseph Davis and Doris Marie (Brant) Salyers. She is survived by her devoted husband Patrick J. Krupper; children: Gary (Stacey) Phennicie, Duncansville, Gail (Bob) Czekaj, Amissville, VA, Julie Phennicie (Robert) Clark, Berlin, Jill Phennicie, Waldorf, MD, Pamela (Ethan) Miller, Elizabethtown, and Patrick (Shawna) Krupper, Conshohocken; brothers: Jefferey (Sheila) Salyers, Remington, VA, and Richard (Patty) Salyers, Boswell; granchildren: Brandon (Megan) Phennicie, Marcus (Leren) Phennicie, Bobby, Gregory, and Michael Czekaj, Khalen Clark, Myles, Amaya, and Milana Cahoon, Eli and Emma Miller, Rogan Phennicie, and Rozaline, Desiree, and Ellis Kahn; great granchildren: Lola, Fiona, and Stella Phennicie, Xavier and Zander Phennicie, and Amelia Czekaj; Godchildren: Carter Raupach and Molly (Brown) McManus; and nephew Steven Brown.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary Wayne Phennicie and her beloved grandparents who raised her: Cyrus and Nora Brant, Somerset. She was loved by many aunts, uncles, and cousins with whom she shared special memories.
She was a 1964 graduate of Somerset Area High School and in the 21st graduating nursing class to become an LPN in 1976. She then obtained her associate’s degree from Allegany Community College in Somerset. She worked at Somerset Hospital Healthy Beginnings, and Somerset County Children and Youth Services. During her years of employment, she was able to help many children and teenagers and loved her co-workers where the feeling was mutual. Judy was a long-standing member of Berlin Brethren Church, where she spent many years as a Sunday school teacher and as a member of the choir. She loved the church, but most importantly the people in the church, who were an extension of her family.
Judy always wanted a family of her own and was proud to tell anyone about her six children. She was “Noni” to all her grandchildren, who adored her. Judy was an avid reader who always had a book by her side and if she didn’t, she would call out, “Where’s my book?” She loved cooking for her family and friends, as it was a way to express her love. Her apple dumplings, pumpkin pie, caramel corn, and raisin filled cookies could not be beat. She loved the beach and holidays where she made each one special for her family by creating countless memories. She gave of her time to others, which by far is the greatest gift one can give. She lived her life by the philosophy, “everything in moderation.”
Judy was loved by all who knew her. She was the quintessential wife, mother, friend, co-worker, and grandmother above many other titles that she held. She loved fiercely and all appreciated her quick wit and humor.
She was the love of Patrick’s life and they shared countless memories and trips together where they could always make each other laugh. She will be greatly missed.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin. Viewing from 10:30 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Berlin Brethren Church. Rev. Tom Sprowls officiating. Interment Beachdale Cemetery. Per state mandate, mask’s are required. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Berlin Brethren Church, 620 Main Street, Berlin, PA 15530. Condolences to the family may be offered at DeanerFuneralsAndCremations.com.
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