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St. Columba Catholic Church
Saturday January 28th, 2023
9:30am - 10:30am

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Columba Catholic Church
Saturday January 28th, 2023

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Sara Grace (James) May

Sara Grace (James) May, age 90, of Bloomsburg, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Monday January 23, 2023.

Born on February 13, 1932 in Mahoning Township, Montour County, the youngest of nine children, of Joseph and Rebecca (Ritter) James. She graduated from Danville High School in 1950.

Sara married William E. May on April 7, 1951 at Camp Pickett, Virginia while Bill was in the Army. They celebrated 71 years of marriage.

Sara and her husband, Bill, founded May’s Drive In Restaurants in 1956, working many long hours to make it the success it continues to be. Her life revolved around their business and their large family. Sara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Her next greatest achievement was as a mother to her ten children. Her backyard and home were always open to her children’s friends. She was a wonderful cook who loved trying new recipes, loved to bake, and always had a sweet treat for you when you visited. You could always find her in the kitchen, canning or freezing whatever was in season, baking pies, cakes, cookies, or making chocolate Easter candy to provide each grandchild and great-grandchild with a basket.

She had a remarkable green thumb and was able to grow anything. In addition to gardening, she loved to shop, do puzzles and word searches. Together they enjoyed many winters in Dunedin, Florida, near two of their children. She brought an abundance of love and everlasting joy to all who knew her as the most patient and kind person.

Sara was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Bloomsburg.

Surviving is her husband, William; five daughters and five sons: Debra Rabb (Robert), of Muncy, Cynthia Samuels (George), of Catawissa, Sandra Howard (Paul), of Berwick, Richard (Tracy), of Bloomsburg, Joseph (Donna), of Dunedin, FL, Kathleen Schreck (Thomas), of Catawissa, Jeffrey (Karen), of Berwick, Christine Terry, of Palm Harbor, FL, D. Ernest of Catawissa, William May II (Danielle), of Bloomsburg; 34 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Harry James, of Bloomsburg.

She was predeceased by two great-grandsons: Jacob Shipman and Andrew Reisinger; a daughter-in-law, Renee’ May; and family members, Dennis, Terry, and Sharon Rabb.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 28, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, by her pastor, Rev. Richard J. Mowery, officiating. Family will greet from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Flowers will be provided by the family. Donations in her memory may be made to the Bloomsburg Town Pool Renovation Project, P.O. Box 9021, Bloomsburg.

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


I am so very sorry for your loss. I know the wonderful memories that you have will bring you comfort. You are all in my thoughts.

Kimberly Downs

Kimberly Downs Jan 26 2023 3:39 PM

Dear May family, We are so sorry for the passing of Mrs. May. She was a wonderful lady. May your precious memories help to comfort you at this difficult time. Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow.

Lee and Sue (Carr) Hunsinger Jan 26 2023 1:52 PM

I am sorry for your loss.
I pray God brings peace and comfort to you. You will be in my prayers.

Janet Horkey Jan 26 2023 11:26 AM

May family, sorry for your lost, your MOM will be greatly will be missed.

Greg Stone Jan 26 2023 8:50 AM

Mrs. May was the kindest, sweetest person- who always made me and anyone that entered her home welcome. She made the world a better place, what an honor to know her- may she rest in eternal peace.

Louise Harter Crall Jan 25 2023 9:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara May

Cindy Coombe Jan 25 2023 11:22 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara May

Mary McClutchy Jan 25 2023 9:37 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara May

Pam Mutchler Freas Jan 25 2023 7:56 AM

Deb, Rob, and extended family,
I am so sorry to read of the passing of your mother, Deb. Mays Drive In, Deb, and Rob gave me my beginnings and helped me become who I am today. I will always be eternally grateful.

Kelley McCoy DeWald Jan 25 2023 6:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sara May

Steven Rodkey Jan 25 2023 4:35 AM

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