Barbara Bollman Bealer passed away Thursday, December 1st, 2022, at Juniper Village at Wellspring in State College. She was 91. Born on June 26, 1931 in Erie, PA, she was the daughter of the late W. Glenn Bollman and Dorothy Bollman.
Barbara is survived by three children: Anita Bealer and her husband, Michael McClellan, of Minneapolis, MN; Andrew Bealer and his wife, Wendy Judson, of Van Nuys, CA; and Roberta Houts and her husband, Larry Houts, of Port Matilda, PA. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Allyson Huneycutt and her husband, Nicholas Huneycutt, of Monroeville, PA; Amanda Edington, and her husband, Nicolas Runk, of Markham, IL; Aaran McClellan of Minneapolis, MN; and Alexis Bealer of Van Nuys, CA. She was preceded in death by her son, Eric Bealer (2018) and her husband, Bob (2019).
She graduated from Lawrence Park High School in 1948 and went on to graduate from Penn State in 1954 with a degree in Home Economics. She married Robert (Bob) C. Bealer on June 12, 1954 and they were married for 64 years. She lived in and around State College for the rest of her life. She worked as a secretary at Radio Park Elementary and retired from there after 17 years of service.
Barb's passions in her life were her children and grandchildren. There wasn't anything she wouldn't or couldn't do for her family. Even though she was a quiet lady, her sweetness and sincerity showed her loving spirit. We will all treasure the many things Barb created out of love -sweaters, curtains, instrument covers, scarves, or mittens. She could make anything and loved doing it. She always needed updates on the weather wherever her kids were and there was rarely a Sunday that went by without a call from her.
She will be remembered for giving us a deep appreciation for music and the beauty of the world around us. All of her children grew up with a love of music. Piano lessons led to instrument and voice lessons, which led to degrees in music. Her family's desire to make and share music carries on because of her. She also cared deeply for animals and the beauty of the natural world. She always fed the birds and thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to them. She always needed a dog to complete the family and shared her life with many wonderful pets. She also enjoyed traveling and going to new places, but always loved traveling to see her grandkids that were spread across the country.
In lieu of sending flowers, Barb would love for you to go outside today or any day to appreciate the color of the sky, the puffiness of the clouds or the sweet sounds of the songbirds. Any monetary donations can be made to the Audubon Society at audubon.org in her name.