Lois C. Bryner, 93, formerly of 38 Ash Street, Danville, PA, passed away
Monday, August 8, 2016 at Emmanuel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Maria
Joseph, Danville, PA where she had resided for the past two years. She was
born on April 25, 1923 in Wrightsville, PA, the daughter of the late
Reverend Charles Wilbur and Carrie (Waltman) Bryner.
She graduated from Danville High School. Lois also graduated from Bloomsburg
State Teacher's College in 1944 where she was on the Dean's Honor List for
scholastic excellence. Lois was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi which was an
honorary fraternity in education. She was one of the first students to
receive a degree on the three-year plan that was instituted because of the
war. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Education on January 31,
1948 from Bucknell University.
She began her teaching career as an Elementary school teacher in the
Danville Area School District at the Second Ward School. She later taught at
the Mahoning-Cooper Elementary School, where in addition to teaching was the
acting Principal. Lois retired in 1989 after 45 years of service.
Lois devoted her life to education and supervised more than 10,000 students,
25 teachers, 25 student teachers and six teachers aides. She was a member of
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Lois served as a representative
in the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She was also the first
elementary teacher in the district to earn a Master's degree in elementary
education while also obtaining certification as an elementary principal,
reading specialist, and supervisor of elementary education. Lois received
many honors including the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America in 1972
and was named "First Lady of the Year" by the Danville Chapter of Tau Sigma
Phi Sorority in 1986.
She was the longest active member of Trinity United Methodist Church,
Danville, PA where her father the Reverend Charles Wilbur Bryner had served
as pastor. Her membership there began on June 12, 1932 at the age of nine.
Lois was an avid gardener, especially flower gardening. She also enjoyed
traveling. One of her greatest enjoyments in life was serving her friends
and family through her selfless acts of caring with any needs they may have
Lois is survived by one niece; Betsy Peyton and her husband Tom of Bonners
Ferry, ID; two-great-nieces; Mollie Yeatts and her husband Bruce and
daughter, Peyton of Bainbridge Island WA and Beth Walker and her husband
Travis and their children;Sarah, Daniel and Noah of Warrenton VA and one
great-nephew; Alan Mills and his wife Kenyette of Montclair VA. A
grand-nephew: Leon K. Bryner III (Kirk) his wife Jennifer and son Leon K.
Bryner IV (Lil Kip) of VA. Also surviving are several other great-nieces and
She was preceded in death by one brother; Leon K. Bryner, Sr. and one nephew
Leon K. Bryner, Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Tuesday,
August 16, 2016 at 11:00AM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning
Street, Danville, PA with the Reverend Ronald S. French officiating. Friends
will be received from 9:30AM until the time of service. Burial will be
private in Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville, PA.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Danville Area Community Foundation 725
West Front Street Berwick PA 18603 in memory of Lois C. Bryner.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West
Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821. www.visneski.com