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Dean W. Kriner, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Monday April 18th, 2022
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Dean W. Kriner, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Monday April 18th, 2022

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Sally A. (Derr) McCloskey

Sally A. (Derr) McCloskey, 88, formerly of Bloomsburg, passed away peacefully at home in Ponte Vedra, Fla with her loving family by her side on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

Born on December 19, 1933, in Bloomsburg, Sally was the oldest of five, predeceased by her parents Arthur Derr and Pearl (Quick) Derr, and brother, Arthur Jr.

After graduating from Bloomsburg High School, Sally chose to continue her education at Geisinger Nursing School. She spent many years caring for others, often working in underserved communities. At one point in her career, Sally cared for ex-President Eisenhower in his home. Years later, she went back to school and earned her B.S. in Nursing and her Master of Science in education from Penn State. A true believer in the power of education, Sally spent 20 years teaching Medical Assisting at Columbia Montour Vocational Technical School.

In 1954, Sally married the love of her life, Isaiah L. “Ike” McCloskey, who preceded her in death on July 20, 2017. During their 63 years together, she and Ike had many adventures; moving more times than they could count, hosting family celebrations, traveling, and playing countless rounds of golf all over the country. She was a former member of Frosty Valley, Caloosa, and Renaissance Country Clubs. An avid reader, lover of country music, and frequent theatergoer, Sally supported the local performing arts.

Sally was a loving mother of four children, grandmother to ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren with a 13th on the way. As much as she loved her children, she adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and stayed in touch with each of them through social media. She especially cherished family vacations in Emerald Isle, NC. Ike and Sally created a long-standing tradition to bring the entire McCloskey clan together for a beach week, full of laughs and memories, for over 30 years. She taught us the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness through example, never missing an opportunity to recognize and celebrate her loved ones. Her gentle wit and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her beloved children: son, Norbert and his wife Anne, Ithaca, NY; daughter, Lisa, wife of Charles Hagemeyer, Jacksonville, FL; son, Kevin and his wife Valerie, Allentown; and daughter, Kathy, wife of John Balsis, Dunedin, FL.; grandchildren, Jennifer Pierce (Kevin), Katie Moses (Brian), Laura McCloskey (Isidro Urtiaga), Sara Boyce (Brian), Jackie Mracek (Curtis), Michael McCloskey, Casey McCloskey (Sheila), Maggie McCloskey, James McCloskey, and Anthony Difebo; great grandchildren, Jake, Cole, Sage, Meadow, Evan, Liam, Curtis III, Dane, McClain, Bianca, Brandon, and Daniel, step grandchildren; Jay Ulshafer (Fanar), Sara Andress (Jay); step great grandchildren, Wyatt, Jonas, Warren Guy, Jacob, Logan and Riley; sister; Betty Gensemer; brothers; Ed Derr and Steve Derr along with many loved nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating Sally’s life will be held Monday, April 18, 2022, 11:00 a.m. at the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service: 325 Market St., Bloomsburg with Rev. Dr. L. Lee Barnhardt officiating. Entombment in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Family and friends are invited to call 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: First English Baptist Church, 700 Millville Rd., Bloomsburg or Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815. A special thank you to the Community Hospice of Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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A candle was lit in memory of Sally (Derr) McCloskey

Lia Derr-Wingler Apr 17 2022 8:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally (Derr) McCloskey

Jane(Zettlemoyer)Hoffman Apr 14 2022 7:29 AM

Aunt Sally … you loved and lived according to your love. Family and Nursing … and Education. What a privilege to be your niece. What a pleasure for your love and influence. For me, I loved her enthusiasm for BIG family gatherings! Not just in Emerald Isle … but the Quick Reunion at Knoebles! I still have my t-shirt!
She was "the big sister." I am "the big sister", too. She is my role model on "big sisterhood." Much love to my cousins … second and beyond. Big hugs! Love, Jennifer Gensemer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt Apr 12 2022 7:17 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally (Derr) McCloskey

Jane(Zettlemoyer)Hoffman Apr 12 2022 4:55 PM

I will cherish all the wonderful memories I have of Sally and Ike.Know that all of you are in my heart and prayers. Love, Aunt Joyce

Joyce Derr Apr 12 2022 11:04 AM

Meem, your infectious smile and laugh will be missed but always remembered. We love you. ❤️

Sara, Brian, Evan and Liam Apr 12 2022 8:45 AM

Love to you all. Cherish the great memories .

Wade and Molly Conard Gottstein Apr 12 2022 8:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sally (Derr) McCloskey

Cindi Jo Carl Musselman Apr 12 2022 1:32 AM