Shirley Mae Blyler, 83, of Northumberland, passed away on March 8, 2020, at her home.
She was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Catawissa, a daughter of the late Clyde and Mae Zimmerman-Yeager.
Shirley was a 1954 graduate of Catawissa High School.
After graduation she worked at Charles D. Hamlin Insurance. On Dec. 29, 1956, she married Robert Blyler and followed him to Pensacola, Fla. for Navy Marine aircraft training. She had the honor of pinning on his wings after his graduation. In 1958, they were transferred to a Marine helicopter base in Santa Ana, Calif. After his service, she returned to her hometown area and settled in Northumberland. She worked for George Moyer Carpets, Montgomery Wards, and the majority of her career was spent as an administrative assistant at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, CSIU #16, in Montandon.
An active member of the First Reformed Church of United Church of Christ in Sunbury, Shirley was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir and bell choir for many years. The members always enjoyed her pies, cakes, and mint chocolate brownies.
Traveling was a favorite and had traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Wales. Shirley loved spending time in Florida in January and February. Hobbies included softball, golfing, bowling, cards, shuffleboard, bird watching and supporting her grandsons at their sporting events.
In addition to her husband of 63 years, she is survived by one son, Robert L. Blyler of Waverly, N.Y.; one daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Dave Fadale of Selinsgrove; and two grandsons, Vince and Ethan Fadale.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert L. Yeager.
Friends may attend the visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the First Reformed Church of United Church of Christ, 160 Chestnut St., Sunbury, followed by the funeral at 11:30.
A private interment will be held at a later date in Elan Cemetery, Bloomsburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in honor of Shirley may be made to the First Reformed Church of United Church of Christ.
Arrangements are by the Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury.