Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More on Grandad

Age 87, of Marian Manor, formerly of Ross Township, early Sunday morning, December 20, 2009. Beloved husband of the late Claire (Howland) Biery; devoted father of John Biery Jr, James (Cynthia) Biery, Timothy (Christine) Biery, Robert (Karen) Biery, Mary Ann (Paul) Cain, and the late Christine McCullough; loving grandfather of Robyn (Aaron) Barber; Trisha, Shannon, Jonathon, Amy and Matthew Biery; Sarah, Emily and Patrick Cain; Kelly McCullough and Bethany (Christopher) Stowell; great grandfather of Zachary and Leila Barber, Jack was a proud 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp. during WWII. He was also a respected member of the Mount Lebanon business community for over 40 years as the owner of Beverly Service, Inc. Jack gathered a loyal following of customers and friends through his honesty and integrity in dealing with the public. Friends will be welcomed at the LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, TUESDAY 2-4 & 6-8 pm. Service at Laughlin's, Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. If desired, memorials may be made to Marian Manor Employee Fund, 2695 Winchester Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from December 21 to December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rest in Peace Grandad

My Grandfather (Biery) has had a difficult year and the week of Thanksgiving was put into Hospice care. I've been thinking of him a lot since then as he settled into a peaceful and comfortable place over the past few weeks. I made the decision to remain in San Francisco as he went through his transition—choosing to remember him the way he was last December when Bethany and I visited. However, this decision wasn't easy and I was very saddened today when I received the call that last night he passed away in his sleep. Not only am I losing my Grandfather, but it reminds me of my Mom, who died 15 years ago and who I miss so much all the time. On the other hand, I can find joy and comfort in knowing that my Grandad can now be reunited with his daughter, as well as my Grandmother, who passed in August of 2006. Grandad was 87 years young.

Grandad - I'll love and miss you forever. xoxo