Lewisburg – Agnes H. Lewis, 94 and longtime resident of Northumberland passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.
Agnes was born May 23, 1925 in Selinsgrove a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Margaret Ellen (Broderick) Lewis.
She was a 1943 graduate of Northumberland High School where she was drum majorette and head cheerleader. People long remember the call "Everybody Up!"
In 1946 she graduated from Geisinger Hospital School of Nursing where she was president of her class. Ms. Lewis was asked to become one of the first members of the Cadet Nurse Units formed during World War II.
Prior to entering the Air Force, Agnes was employed as the School nurse at Bucknell University. While at Geisinger she became a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps formed to supply nurses for the war effort during World War II.
Her next roll in nursing was school nurse at Bucknell University. She said she spent a lot of time "putting the athletes back together".
As the Korean War started Agnes' love of country took her to join the U.S. Air Force. She was assigned to Lanley Field as a First Lieutenant. A hand picked crew was sent for deployment to Sculthorpe Air Force Base, England and Agnes was chief nurse of the NATO hospital there. While there she attained the rank of Captain.
Upon returning home she was a public health nurse. In 1960 she received a scholarship tp attend Florida State University, graduating with her B.S. in Nursing. She returned to PA and was a supervising Public Health Nurse fro the central PA area. During this time she initiated the Migrant Health Project which has become an example for such programs across the U.S.
In 1966 she attended the University of Maryland earning two masters degrees. This allowed her to return to her beloved Florida State where she was professor of senior level nursing.
In 1970 Agnes and her young daughter moved to Cumberland, MD where Agnes was Director of Nursing with the Allegany County Health Dept.
In 1977 Agnes moved back to her beloved Northumberland to become District Nurse Administrator with the Dept. of Health. This was to be close to her family that was experiencing health issues. Agnes was always wanting to care of her family.
She was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #201, Sunbury.
Agnes was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Northumberland and most recently, Sacred Heart Church of Lewisbrug.
Above all she was an absolute doting mother and grandmother.
Surviving are one daughter, Margaret A. Reier of Lewisburg, three grandchildren, Jonathan A. MacDougall of Lewisburg, Samuel D. Reier and wife Lisa of Liverpool, NY, William A. Reier of Pittsburgh, one great-grandson, Logan James Reier and her one sister, Anna Grace Packer of Northumberland.
In addition to her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by one grandson, Joseph M. Reier in 2005, eight brothers, Thomas, Samuel, John, Charles, Trevor, James, Harry and George Lewis and two sisters, Margaret Marschang and Evelyn Lewis.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Mark Wilke as celebrant.
Burial with military honors will follow in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury.
Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, Northumberland.
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