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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Beatrice L. "Bea" Holleran, 87, of 11 Dennis Lane, Bradford, PA

Beatrice L. "Bea" Holleran, 87, of 11 Dennis Lane, Bradford, PA passed away, Thursday, July 18, 2013 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born October 10, 1925, in Bradford she was the daughter of the late William and Cecile (Wright) McGinnis.

On January 12, 1946 in St. Bernard Church with Father Reilly officiating, she married James Holleran who survives.

Mrs. Holleran was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School. She had worked in Washington DC for J. Edgar Hoover and returned to Bradford in 1945. She was a stay at home mom, while she raised her children. She filled in as a substitute secretary for her sister in law, Nancy Holleran for one week at Dresser Manufacturing, which turned into 33 years of employment. She retired as an Executive Secretary to the Controller.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, member and past president of the Catholic Women's Club, member of the Current Events Club, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mrs. Holleran volunteered for the American Cancer Society and twice was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. She was an avid reader and volunteered at the Bradford Public Library. She was famous for her cross stitching, and homemade cookies.

In addition to her husband, Jim of 67 years she is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (the late John) Copeland of Lancaster, OH, and Carol (Tom) Thomas of Northumberland, and one son, James Michael (Donna) Holleran, of Castalian Springs, TN, a sister in law, Pat (the late Roland L. "Rollie") McGinnis of Westminister, CO, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant daughter Mary Ellen, and one grandson Andrew J. Thomas.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 4 to 7pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes 372 East Main Street where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701, of the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington Street, Bradford, PA 16701

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