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Eleanor Louise (Burket) Berkstresser-Clark

Aug. 7, 1916 - May 1, 2019

Eleanor Louise Berkstresser-Clark, 102, formerly of Tyrone, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Md.

She was born in Juniata on Aug. 7, 1916, the first of eight children born to Walter and Ethel Burket. The family eventually settled in Bellwood, where Eleanor graduated from Bellwood-Antis High School before marrying Bernard Speer Berkstresser.

Eleanor began her professional career as a retail sales agent for Lugg and Edmunds. She was later employed by Gables Department Store in Altoona, and then worked for 25 years at the Chicago Rivet and Machine Co. in Tyrone.

Very active in her church, Eleanor served 72 years as the Tipton United Methodist Church pianist and music director plus teaching Sunday school classes from time to time.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; three sisters; husband, Bernard S. Berkstresser; second husband, Robert Clark; son, Bernard D. Berkstresser; and daughter, Ellen Kay Erickson.

Surviving are her children: Robert Berkstresser and wife, Brenda, of Lansing, Kan., Janet Brown and husband, Harry, of Windsor Mill, Md., Jerry Berkstresser and wife, Lisa, of Altoona, John Berkstresser and wife, Lynne, of Ellijay, Ga., and daughter-in-law, Barbara Raker and husband, Ray, of State College; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Eleanor resided the last six years with her daughter, Janet, and son-in-law, Harry Brown, in Windsor Mill, Md. Besides her huge family of children, grandchildren, and friends visiting her, Ms. Eleanor enjoyed reading, Bible study, baking, playing her piano and working word search puzzles.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Tipton United Methodist Church, 219 Spruce St., Tyrone, PA 16686 or to Church of the Good Shepherd, 1650 Clay Ave., Tyrone, PA 16686.

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