Alma M. Bear, 86, of Carlisle, was called home, on Friday,
December 13, 2013, at Forest Park Health Center, Carlisle. She was born on June 27, 1927, in Newburg, a
daughter of the late Pirl David and Lula (Bistline) Culbertson.
Alma graduated from Shippensburg High School and the former Carlisle Commercial College. She
retired after 25 years of service with the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce, where she was a secretary. In
her younger years, she worked as a typist for the former Cochran & Allen Hardware Store, Carlisle. Alma
was an active member of Waggoners United Methodist Church, Carlisle and member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
She was an excellent seamstress and typist. Alma enjoyed crocheting, family camping and especially
She is survived by her loving and devoted
husband of 63 years, Ray A. Bear, three sons; Charles A. (Cynthia) Bear, Carlisle, Michael D. (Darlene) Bear, Mt. Holly Springs
and William R. Bear of Auburn, PA, one sister, Irene Hockenberry of Newburg, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and
many nieces and nephews. Alma was predeceased by one brother, Paul Culbertson and one sister, Alberta Ocker.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home,
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Rev. Tim Funk officiating. Burial will follow in Waggoners United Methodist
Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church, 1271 Longs Gap Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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What a special woman. She is already
missed and will never be forgotten.
Greta and Pasha Roberts
What a lovely lady, always smiling and
showing GOD's love. Bob and my condolences to Ray, Chuck, Mike and Bill. I know you will miss her terribly, but always
be thankful that you had a wonderful wife and mother like her.
Mary Ann Hays
condolences on the recent passing of Alma.
I recall Cub Scout meetings at her home back in '62. She was outstanding.
to your family. I don't remember too much about your wife and mother other than her name and her kindness. My aunt worked
with her at the Chamber of Commerce, and I remember visiting with her during that time.
Our deepest sympathy to Ray and family.
We have many good memories
of our camping days with the Bear family.
and Jack McCauslin
Aunt Alma's death makes me very sad. I am very happy I was able to see her when we were visiting last month knowing
she recognized me. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.
Love and hugs,
I had the pleasure of meeting Alma and her
husband through Celtic Healthcare. She was a special lady and she will be missed!
friends, just want you to know that I am still thinking of you and your family. Alma was a very special friend and I always enjoyed working with her. God Bless
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