Beatrice "Beaty" (Frey) Wirt

Born: Sun., Sep. 15, 1918
Died: Sun., Jan. 14, 2018


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.


Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery

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     Beatrice "Beaty" Wirt, 99, of Mifflintown, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Brookline Manor.

     Born Sept. 15, 1918 in Pfoutz Valley, she was a daughter of the late Sheridan and Martha (Bashore) Frey. Her husband, C. Gerald "Red" Wirt, whom she married Nov. 3, 1938, died July 3, 1987.

     She is survived by three children, Lois Steele and husband, Gary, of Knox, Gerri Kay Towsey and husband, John, of Port Royal, and Stephen D. Wirt of Mifflintown; daughter-in-law, Scarlett Wirt, former daughter-in-law, Arlene Wirt, special niece, Vicki Cameron, six grandchildren, Laurie O'Neil, Amy Wolmesdorf, John R. Towsey, Douglas Towsey, Michael Wirt, and Christopher Wirt, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Robert E. Wirt. on Jan. 12, 2013, an infant son, Charles Gerald Wirt, Jr. on Aug. 20, 1944, and sisters and brothers, Pauline Black, Delbert Frey, Marlin Frey, Lester Frey, and Geraldine Crane.

     Beaty and her husband owned and operated Pleasant View Store from 1948 to 1954. They also hiked 1600 miles on the Appalachian Trail from New Hampshire to Tennessee.

     She retired as an LPN at Harrisburg State Hospital.

     She was a member of Centre Lutheran Church and Walker Grange.

     She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

     Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 18, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Mike Sigler officiating. Interment will be in Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery.

     There will be a viewing from 1 p.m. until the time of the services Thursday at the funeral home.

     The family will provide all flowers and suggests contributions to Juniata County Meals On Wheels, PO Box 251, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

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Charitable donations may be made in Beatrice "Beaty"'s memory to the following organization:

Juniata County Meals On Wheels
PO Box 251, MIfflintown, PA 17059

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Christopher Yarnall
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Mrs. Wirt or Granma Wirt as she was known to me was such an inspiring woman!! I had the chance to know her when she lived in the big white house on the hill! I mowed her grass for a number of years and did some gardening, ect... She was the most pleasant person to be around! I loved when she would make me hot chocolate and we would sit at the kitchen table and she would tell me stories of the past and of her travels! Every year since she always remembered to send me a birthday card! Those cards I hold close to my heart! We all know that she is with "Red" now and that she is living in the glory of God! May she rest in peace! My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Wirt Family during this difficult time. May God Bless You All!

Chris Yarnall

Sally McCormick Brinker
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Dear Lois Ann, Gerri Kay and Steve,
As members of Center Lutheran Church and the community our families became very good friends. I have fond memories of our families going on group picnics after church on Sunday. Each family bringing delicious food to share and then playing on the playground of the park. My sister and I would come to Pleasant View to spend a couple of days in the summer and then I know you would come to our home as well. Over the years, after we all had moved on and our Fathers had passed away, Betty and our Mother, Tene, remained close friends until we lost Mother. I still remember Betty coming to sit with her during her last days, reading the Bible together.

I want to express my sincere sympathy to each of you on the loss of your Mother. Betty was a wonderful, kind and sincere person. She will be greatly missed but remembered by so many. Sally McCormick Brinker