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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Columba Catholic Church
Monday August 7th, 2017

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Mary Patricia Sands

Mary Patricia (Park) Sands, age 87, 640 Crestwood Drive, Bloomsburg, died unexpectedly at 6:37 a. m. Thursday, August 3, 2017 in the emergency room of the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital where she was taken from her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 15, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Orrin James and Madalyn (McCloskey) Park. She was a resident of her home on Crestwood Drive since 1956.

Pat was a 1947 graduate of Bloomsburg High School and also attended the former Bloomsburg State Teachers College before attending and graduating from the Wheaton Business School in Williamsport, where she majored in accounting. She was employed as the business manager of the Overhead Door Co., Berwick, from 1977 until 1990 when she retired.

She was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles R. Park.

Surviving is her husband, D. Richard Sands, with whom she celebrated her 65th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2017; four children: Richard J. Sands, and his wife Carolyn, Selinsgrove; Mary Suzanne, wife of Brent Seely, Bloomsburg; Joseph P. Sands, and his wife Lorie, Bloomsburg; Michael J. Sands, and his wife Christine, Wilmington, North Carolina; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was the last of her immediate family.

A  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a. m. in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron Street, Bloomsburg, with her pastor, Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. There will be no viewing.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.


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Dick, I'm sorry to hear of Pat's passing and you and your family have my sympathy. After hearing the conversations at your monthly class luncheons, I can just imagine Pat and Mom exchanging stories once again.

Susan (Sitler) Yodock Aug 7 2017 12:00 AM

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Sue and Heather Fox Aug 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Patricia Sands

Wade and Molly Gottstein and Sons Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers to you.

Wade and Molly Gottstein and Sons Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Patricia Sands

Stephanie Parker Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

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With our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Rick and Susan Kegley

Expression of Sympathy Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Dick and his family. Mary was a wonderful person and a joy to treat. She will surely be missed by us all.
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Joseph P. Gronka DMD and staff Aug 4 2017 12:00 AM