Rachael L. (Knauss) Bear, 91, of Orefield, died Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 in the Hospice Unit of Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth. She was the wife of Russell P. Bear. The couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last December 5.

Born in Crackersport, South Whitehall Township, Aug. 2 1920, Rachael was the daughter of the late John F. and Verna I. (Lichtenwalner) Knauss. She was a member of Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, Orefield. She was a graduate of Whitehall High School and attended Linden Hall, Lititz.

Rachael enjoyed many interests, but none as great as the love of her family. She was a homemaker, hospital volunteer and avid antique buyer and seller. She loved to cook, garden, travel, sew, take long walks, and listen to music. Her kindness and gentle demeanor will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.

Survivors: In addition to her husband, Russell; daughters; Janet L. Cellucci and husband, Peter, of Robesonia, Carol K. Heckman and her husband, Darrin, of Bath, Linda M. Thier and her husband, Jay, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, John Cellucci, Matthew and Rachel Stirling, Jonathan, Gregory, and Courtney Thier; great-grandson, Benjamin Cellucci; predeceased by her sister, Sarah Schall.

Services: Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield, with the Rev. Dr. Herbert H. Michel officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. Friday, in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville and 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Saturday, in the church. Interment will follow the services in the adjacent parish cemetery. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan Evang. Lutheran Church Memorial Fund c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Dean Mohr    03-01-2012

Russell and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. It was pleasure knowing you and Rachael from the many auctions you attended.

Bear Family

Geoff Stillson & Beth    03-01-2012

We are good friends of Rachael Bear's daughter, Linda. Please accept our deepest condolences to her entire family for the loss of Mrs. Bear.The wonderful person that Linda is is a great testimony to the wonderful woman that Mrs. Bear must have been. Our prayers go out to all of you as you grieve this loss.


JON & PAULA    03-02-2012

Carol & Russell, We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared her love & life. We'll miss seeing her at auctions and sales. With our deepest sympathy. Your neighbors, Jon & Paula

Our deepest sympathies...

Linda and family    03-02-2012

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. We want you to know that our prayers for God's comfort and peace during this time will rest upon your hearts. We love you and if there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.

Leon Haynes, the Hosanna House Executive Board, Hope Group Advisory Board and the staff of Hosanna House.

Kathy Baush

Russell and Family    03-04-2012

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Rachael. She will be missed by many people who's lives she has touched. Always with a smile even in her later years of her illnes.I and many of my clients were saiod to see the news of her passing. Our deepest sympathy to those she always held in high regard.

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