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Alverna D. “Sissy” Rowe,

1917 - 2020

Alverna D. “Sissy” Rowe, 102 formerly of West Milton passed away on February 23, 2020 at Buffalo Valley Personal Care in Lewisburg.  Born at home in Milton on March 21, 1917 she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Anna (Lloyd) Daubert.  She was married on January 3, 1953 to Kenneth H. Rowe who passed away in 2004.


Sissy was truly an amazing woman. Any one she met soon became a friend. She had the knack of seeing good in everyone and making them feel special. Even as she aged Sissy remained young at heart and was always up for an adventure, especially if the adventure involved food. When asked why she lived to be over a hundred, Sissy inevitably replied it was because she loved chocolate.


Sissy graduated from Milton High School in 1934 and was the last surviving member of her class. After graduation she worked for several years at Woolworth’s to earn money to attend Strayers University in Philadelphia.  She worked in Harrisburg for 14 years at the State Department as a secretary and eventually was promoted to executive secretary to the Pennsylvania Superintendent of Public Instruction.  After marrying Kenny she quit work to become a full time homemaker. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in West Milton where she was the church secretary for many years.  At 90 she retired from holding the position of Judge of Elections for Kelly Twp. She spent many hours canning the vegetables grown by her husband Kenny, an avid gardener. In her free time she enjoyed playing pinochle and in her later years bingo.  One of Sissy’s greatest joys was her grandchildren.


She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Rowe and companion W. Geoff Goodenow of Lewisburg and Dr. Jane Rowe and husband Dr. Michael Humphrey of Hollidaysburg: one son, Steve Rowe of Lewisburg; a sister, Betty Jane Wolf of Bloomsburg; four grandchildren, Calvin Humphrey, Samantha Watters, Cameron Humphrey, and Angela Anderson; six great grandchildren, Noah, Sawyer, Hope, Mari, Archer, and Dominic; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Alverna was preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip Daubert and Robert Daubert.


Friends and relatives will be received from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, February 29 at St. Paul’s UCC, 433 High St, West Milton, Pa. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Timothy Hogan-Palazzo officiating.  Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery in Milton. 


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to St. Paul’s UCC Church of

West Milton or the Lutheran Ministries Benevolent fund at


We were deeply saddened by the news of your mothers passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

With warm thoughts and prayers,
Wayne Moyer &
Mike & Melissa Lynch

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was the sweetest lady, and I'm so glad for the time I got to spend with her while at BVPC. I will miss seeing her smile and hearing her laugh.

Sending prayers and healing,
Samantha Neitz

Heaven has received a funny, spunky, warm, candy-loving woman. Sissy introduced me to chicken pot pie Pennsylvania style and so much more. She was someone you wanted to be around. May her memories bring the family many blessings. My deepest condolences.

Jane and Family: Mrs. Rowe (as I knew her back when I was a child growing up) was a lady I never forgot knowing. I remember her great smile and always willing to help us. I am so glad I had the opportunity to stop and visit with her at home a few years ago. We talked about those memorable times we had years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She certainly will be missed.
Karen Gessner Engelman

Dear Jane,
So sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was an amazing woman who will live on your hearts and memories. May those memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. Prayers for you and your entire family.
Kathy and Mark Slonaker

I will never forget your mom's wonderful home cooked dinners we enjoyed during our visits from the BSC campus in the early 70's. Both of your parents were so warm and welcoming!

Sheryl Greiner

I remember your Mom being exactly as described, a lovely sweet lady always with a warm smile. What a wonderful, long life she enjoyed!


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