2018-02-22 / Obituaries

Rosalyn Bell

February 17, 2018


Rosalyn Bell Rosalyn Bell Mrs. Rosalyn Lucy Bell, 97, passed into eternal life surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 17, 2018. She was born Nov. 10, 1920 to the late James and Mary (McGee) Mc- Avoy. Rosalyn grew up in Auburn Center and graduated from Meshoppen High School in 1937. In 1941, she married Joseph Bell and moved to Dover, NJ, to do work for WWII at the Picatinny Arsenal. In 1945, they bought a dairy farm in Auburn Center and continued raising their growing family in the country.

Rosalyn was the matriarch and heart of her large extended family. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a true inspiration and will be deeply missed and always cherished. She happily spent her life nurturing and caring for her family.

She loved watching her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren perform in concerts, dance recitals, musicals and sporting events. She enjoyed any occasion that called for a party or a family celebration. Simple times gathered around her kitchen table were always special.

She was a devout Catholic and an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (St. Joachim/St. Bonaventure) in Meshoppen. She was the oldest member of the parish and was loved by her church family. She served with the Altar and Rosary Society for many years. Rosalyn was a patriot and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 510, Black Walnut. She was especially proud to be the mother of four sons serving our country at the same time. Rosalyn especially enjoyed being a “Red Hatter.” In her local Red Hat chapter, she celebrated life with laughter and friendship and had lots of fun.

Surviving are her five sons and daughters in-law, Joseph and Virginia Bell of Lake Carey, David and Fran Bell of Meshoppen, Bernard Bell of Springville, Rich and Debbie Bell of Mehoopany and Edward and Debra Bell of Laceyville; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marilyn Bell of Auburn Center and Phyllis and Charles Fritz of Wilkes-Barre; daughter-in-law, Dawn Bell of Nicholson; two sisters, May Gilmore of Florida and Catherine Kuras of Sudbury, MA; 17 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; 17 great-greatgrandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; a daughter by choice, Annette Allen, and many friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased in death by her husband of 63 years, Joseph Bell; two sons, William Bell and James Thomas Bell; daughter-inlaw, Gretchen Bell; great-grandson Mason Neil Bell; two sisters, Florence McAvoy Jacob and Elizabeth McAvoy Randall.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. from St. Joachim’s Church in Meshoppen with Father Joseph J. Manarchuck officiating. Interment followed in St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery in Auburn.

Visitation was held at Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 Main Street, Meshoppen on Monday, Feb. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Rosary was recited at the funeral home on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation to St. Bonaventure’s Cemetery Association, c/o Roger Furman, 2431 State Route 3004, Montrose, PA 18801.

Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.

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