Lois Louise Barkey

Female 1918 - 2007  (88 years)


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  • Name Lois Louise Barkey  [1
    Born 6 Jul 1918  Milroy, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Race White  [1
    Died 23 Feb 2007  Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Age: 88
    Person ID I27554  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 

    Father Lewis Isaiah Barkey,   b. 19 Apr 1867, Turbett, Juniata, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1935  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Phoebe Elizabeth Renninger,   b. 1883, Middleburg, Snyder, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1956  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F10241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry Amos Swartz,   b. 17 Nov 1910, Richfield, Juniata, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1986, Danville, Montour, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F10823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jul 1918 - Milroy, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 2007 - Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • I found the obit for Lois Barkey Swartz. She was the daughter of Lewis and Phoebe (Renninger) Barkey. She was the second wife of Henry "Red" Swartz. They had no children of their own. Lois was born on July 6, 1918 in Milroy, PA. I think that may be Mifflin Co. She passed away on February 23, 2007 at Locust Grove Retirement Center in Mifflin, Juniata Co. PA. She was very dear to my heart, reminding me so much of my own grandmother. She loved English Lavender Soap and her home smelled like it. Lace curtains hung at the windows, crocheted doilies were all around, and she had a "sitting" room. ;) Every time I stopped in to visit, she was eager to take me to different rooms in the house and would open drawers to either give me little treasures or show me something of yester year. One summer she helped me can a basket of tomatoes. They always had a dog and cat in the house, which were very well cared for. Talking to them like their children and feeding them ALL the time. Lois liked to knit, and made many beautiful sweaters, as she had plenty of time on her commute to Harrisburg, PA where she worked for the state as a secretary for the PA Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Most people have a favorite hymn. Lois made it clear that she didn't like "Mansion Over the Hilltop". Right now I don't remember her reason, but just the other day, our daughter remarked about Lois and her "not favorite hymn." lol Lois served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a nurse and graduated from Middleburg HS in 1936. She always wanted to be buried in her military uniform and that was one thing that she showed me. Sad to say, that didn't happen.
      Besides Marcella, who was single, there was another sister, but I don't know her name. She had two daughters, Lois Washill of Indiana, PA and Patty Mitchell of Erie, PA. I don't know much about Marcella, but do remember she loved to go fishing. She was Red's fishing buddy and you would see them together along the creek during trout season. Couldn't tell them apart, as she would also wear flannel shirts and jeans, and she could have been mistaken for a man.
      From what I recall, Lewis worked on the railroad and the family would get to ride regularly to wherever. The family settled in Middleburg later. He died early, leaving "Mom" and the girls alone. I think Lois called her father "Pop".
      Red was a school bus driver and I rode his bus to high school. My dad also drove bus and Red was his supervisor. If he overslept, Red would walk in the house and yell for him. lol We would get oranges at Christmas time. Red was jovial, and watched out for all the kids on the bus. He wore a bus driver's hat wherever he went.
      Remembering where you were when a certain moment in history happened, I was in their home when I heard about the Challenger explosion. I had taken my son to kindergarten and stopped in to visit. That's what was on tv. Heart-wrenching.
      I'll have to keep digging. I think I may have memorial cards for Red and Marcella. My dad was pastor and I have his memorial card collection. I'll let you know. The whole family is buried at Glendale Cemetery in Middleburg.
      Sarah Beth

      P.S. This sure was a trip down memory lane as I recalled some of these moments. Brought a smile to my face.

  • Sources 
    1. [S149] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).
      Record for Lois Louise Barkey