Jean M. Bierbower

June 19, 1947 - March 21, 2021
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Jean M. Bierbower, 73, of West Lawn, passed away March 21, 2021 at 11:50 AM in the Reading Hospital where she was a patient since March 10th.

Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Marie (Guenther) Bierbower.

Jean played softball and basketball for Governor Mifflin and was co-captain and all county on both. She was the outstanding female athlete and foreign language student at graduation. She went on to play basketball and volleyball for Kutztown State College. Her undergraduate work was done at the University of Puerto Rico and was a graduate of Kutztown State College with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education (English/Communications, Comprehensive Social Studies, Spanish, and Safety Education). Her graduate work was done at Penn State University in Sports Administration.

Jean was employed by the Muhlenberg School District from 1970 as a secondary English teacher, career education teacher, and Graduation Project Coordinator until her retirement in 2003. While at Muhlenberg, she coached varsity girls’ basketball, varsity girls’ softball (county championship in 1973), varsity girls’ track & field, and junior high boys & girls track & field. While coaching, there were many team members who placed in Districts and States. Ms. B was Class Advisor of the Class of 1992, whom she thought of as her own kids!

She was a Reading Playground Leader for four years, 1967-1970, Joseph Lee, Lauer’s Park, Oakbrook Housing, and Reading Iron. Jean was a member & officer of the Muhlenberg Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Education Association, National Historic Trust Preservation Society, Daughters of American Revolution, PASR, and the Berks County Association of School Retirees. She was an Outreach Sponsor and Coordinator for five US Military Academies – USCGA, USMMA, USNA, USMA, USAFA – placing more than 50 young men and women in service academies.

She was a Philadelphia sports fan – Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers. Jean enjoyed vacationing in Maine, tall ships, windjammers, fishing trips with friends, hot air balloons, loving pets, teaching and coaching kids, and working on family tree. She was truly an inspiration to all her knew her and will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her siblings – Judy A. Armstrong-Moyer, Wyomissing, Jeffrey R. husband of Regina Bierbower, Lancaster, Kim M. wife of Guy Aquila, Sinking Spring, five Nieces – Stacy, Stefanie, Michelle, Kristen, Breanne, 4 Nephews – Steven, Michael, Robert, Daniel and 12 great Nieces & great Nephews. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sister Lynne C. McCarty in 2009.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 PM at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Avenue, Shillington. It was Jean’s request that flowers not be sent, rather to honor her memory by making contributions to the Animal Rescue League, 58, Kennel Road, Birdsboro, PA 19508. www.kleefuneralhome.com

 

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Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Animal Rescue League

58 Kennel Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508

 

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Born: June 19, 1947
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Kevin Dewalt and Leda Chong posted on 3/27/21

Jean will be missed. She was a great influence on Kevin’s life when he was a teenager and helped him get into the Academy. She was a friend to both of us and we will never forget the good times watching Eagles games. She was always generous and had a big heart.

 

CHI T DEWALT posted on 3/25/21

My heart is heavy with sadness that Jeannie has left us. She was incredibly kind and would help anyone and everyone. She made us feel important and that we mattered and always wished the best for those in her lives. She shared her life, her dogs, her friends, and her family became our family. Her generosity was unmatched and if you lacked something she was the first to provide it for you. She was the aunt, sister, teacher, friend, and neighbor that everyone could rely on. She has enriched our lives with the many experiences and opportunities she introduced to us. Thank you for being a big part of my life for the last 25+ years. We loved all the fun experiences and outings you planned for our family and especially for my kids, Tyler and Katie, for 3 weeks each summer for 15 years! Those were the best times of our lives and I will forever be grateful for those memories! Life was better knowing you were in it. We wish you the love and warmth you have given us. Love you always, Chi, Craig, Tyler, and Katie.

 

Carol & Joe Hromsco posted on 3/24/21

Jean came into our lives in 1999 when she, being a guidance counselor at Muhlenberg High School, approached our oldest son to consider going to the Coast Guard Academy after graduation. Because he wanted a degree in Meteorology, this all resulted in him doing Air Force R.O.T.C. at Penn State while getting his degree. Jean's dedication to her students and the Armed Forces was directly responsible for numerous success stories including our son who is now a Lt. Col. in the USAF. She always referred to all of them as "my kids." She loved keeping in touch with them and their families. It was overwhelming to read all of her accomplishments in her life but not surprising for who she was. She was truly a wonderful person and always will be in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Jean, you are an angel. With love, Carol, Joe, Jeremy & Clint Hromsco

 

Karen O’Meara posted on 3/24/21

Jean was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met and one of my closest friends for many years. We both shared a love for animals, especially the poodles, or poodies, as Jean called them. Jean was passionate about her love of teaching and helping students achieve. Her creative approach to instruction was an inspiration for students, parents and staff. She freely gave away her ideas and encouraged others to reach for the stars and never settle for less than best you could be. Love of family was the foundation for Jeans amazing life. She proudly bragged about her nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. Always ready to help whenever needed, they knew they could count on Aunt Jean at a moments notice. Jean was very close to her sisters and brother. They were the cornerstone of family and she never tired talking about how much they meant to her. Friends, neighbors, extended and ‘adopted’ family will always remember her and the impact she made on all of our lives. We will miss her but cherish the influence she had on everyone who knew her knowing that without having that opportunity our lives would have missed something special. Love and Friendship Karen

 

Nancy C Stricker posted on 3/24/21

Condolences to the family. My husband worked with her at Muhlenberg School District.

 

Bill Abramowicz posted on 3/24/21

I worked in the Muhlenberg School District for many years. She was one in a million. Requiescat in pace! Bill Abramowicz

 

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