R. “Aunt Sunny” Barnes, 91, of Washingtonville PA, went to be with her Lord
on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville. PA. She
was born August 1, 1926 in Allentown PA the daughter of the late Howard and
Martha Long Richards.
graduated with a Master of Science in Education from the State University of
New York – College at New Paltz.
was married for 34 years to her husband, Donald Nelson Barnes who preceded
her in death June 22, 1984. They were married June 3, 1951.
was employed in her younger years at the Metropolitan Opera. She was then a
teacher for 23 years in Islip New York before moving to Pennsylvania.
attended Washingtonville Lutheran Church where she was well known for her
smiles and her “sunny” disposition. Eileen was an active and faithful
member of the Washingtonville Volunteer Fire Company where she served on the
Ladies’ Auxiliary and wherever volunteers were needed.
avid reader, Eileen was the author of three books. She enjoyed listening to
opera and classical music. Her greatest joy in life was being with people,
especially her “adopted” family, Gary and Sandra Bennett of Washingtonville
PA and their children, Meghan and Jessica as well as their families.
addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Jean.
Celebration of Sunny’s life will be announced in the Spring with the
Reverend Melody Sell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to
Wounded Warrior Project online at
www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the Washingtonville Volunteer Fire
Company 121 Strawberry Ridge Road Danville PA 17821.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA.