Barbara (Drass) Criswell

Barbara (Drass) Criswell, 79, Downey, Calif., died Jan. 16, 2013, at Downey Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Hollidaysburg, daughter of the late Paul and Mildred (Rusnak) Drass.

Barbara will be lovingly missed by her two daughters: Melody (Criswell) Morton of Downey, Calif., and Polly Jo (Criswell) Watson of Toms River, N.J.; six grandchildren: Phillip Morton II (Annette) of Valley Glen, Calif., Kimberly Morton Perez (Mike) of Downey, Sarah Morton of North Hollywood, Calif., Tom Watson (Shanna) of Wall, N.J., Mike Watson (Jaclyn) of Forked River, N.J., and Stephanie Watson of Euless, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren: Makayla, Nathaniel, Phillip III, Brianna, Sage, Callie, Meghan, Lincoln, Ella, Jaxxon and Kainoa, as well as a boy due in April; and a sister, Audrey Vargo of Indiana, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry W. Criswell, formerly of Hollidaysburg; and a brother, Father Damian Drass, T.O.R., of Philippi, W.Va.

Barbara was a 1951 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School. She was a member of St. Raymond Catholic Church, Downey, Calif. She enjoyed being a part of the American Business Women’s Association for the past 40 years, always active and committed to their scholarship-motivated functions.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 9, 2013, at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 12348 Paramount Blvd., Downey, Calif.

Condolences may be sent to 7912 Quill Drive, Downey, CA 90241.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Barbara’s honor to St. Bernardine Monastery, P.O. Box 139, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-0139.