Bernard J. Niebauer, 93, Patton, entered eternal life Thursday at Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, Hastings.
He was born in Flinton, son of the late Simon and Stella (Kibler) Niebauer.
Surviving are three sons: Edward, Kenneth (Shirley Farabaugh) and Dennis (Doris Maus); a daughter, Joan (Leonard) Swope; 10 grandchildren: Kevin, Jeff (Holly), David (Lee Ann), Jason (Amber), Michael (Alicia) and Ronald (Tracy) Niebauer, Christopher Swope (Kristi), Kimberly (Jerry) Gruzinsky, Ann Marie (Ben) Beight and Linda Swope; 11 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Hannah, Mary, Savannah, Lucas and Amory Niebauer, Evan, Aiden and Addison Swope, Kaylee Gruzinsky and Brayden Beight; a sister, Louise (Chet) Lieb; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Overberger; and many devoted nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Florence A. (Overberger); an infant son; a daughter-in-law, Geraldine (Henle) Niebauer; four sisters: Sister Mary Ida Niebauer, R.S.M., Anna Marie Krug (Darrell), Ethel Lann (Harry) and Helen Cronauer (Raymond); and two brothers: Raymond M. (Edna) and John.
Bernard spent his life as a farmer and lumberman, retiring from George Long and Sons Lumber Co. He also served as Chest Township road supervisor. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, and the former St. Lawrence Catholic Church, where he was the caretaker. He enjoyed gardening, flowers, woodworking, playing cinch and baking cookies.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, by Benedictine Fathers. Committal will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery.