Bar Harbor and Richland, Pa.
Helen (Bomberger) Barry, formerly of Richland, Pa., and an 11-year resident of Birch Bay Retirement Village, Bar Harbor, passed away peacefully at 100 years of age on May 16, 2022.
Born in Millcreek Township, Pa., Helen was the daughter of the late Elmer J. and Tillie (Royer) Bomberger. Helen was also predeceased by her sister, Gladys Bomberger, and loving husband of nearly 30 years, Carl A. Barry.
Helen was a 1939 graduate of Richland High School and a 1943 graduate of West Chester University. She was a devoted second grade teacher in the Eastern Lebanon County School District. Throughout her 33-year teaching career, she was known to inspire her students to pursue their skills and passions. Upon her retirement, Helen’s sense of adventure and love of learning led her to travel the world, visiting Europe, Australia, Asia and many places in between. Helen also discovered a passion for quilting, in which she invested much of her time and talent. She proudly hand-stitched all of her quilts and generously gifted most of her masterpieces to her church, family and loved ones.
Helen was family-oriented and deeply rooted in her faith and the Richland community. She was a member at Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Richland, and later the Somesville Union Meeting House UCC in Maine. She also attended services with her daughter at the Union Congregational Church of Hancock and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, where her son-in-law held interim pastoral positions. She enjoyed volunteering in her community and daily walks and coffee with her neighbors. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and never missed an opportunity to play the piano or step onto the dance floor. Beloved by her students, the Richland community, Birch Bay staff and many friends and family, Helen’s quick wit and zest for life brought joy to all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter Pamela B. Bowie and her husband, Rev. Keith Bowie, of Mount Desert; son J. Philip Barry, Wood Ridge, N.J.; and also three grandchildren, Kristin Seifert and her husband, Torsten, of Prosper, Texas; John Bowie and his wife, Melissa, of Penfield, N.Y.; Patricia Bowie of Somerville, Mass., and five great-grandchildren: Sebastian, Christopher and Alexandra Seifert and Lia and Evelyn Bowie. Also, Helen was a wonderful aunt to her niece and nephews.
Helen’s life will be celebrated with family and friends at the Birch Bay Retirement Village in early summer. A memorial service in Pennsylvania will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Helen’s name to any of the churches she attended: Grace UCC, 22 Church St., Richland, PA 17087; Somesville Union Meeting House UCC, P.O. Box 96, Mount Desert, ME 04660; Union Congregational Church of Hancock, P.O. Box 443, Hancock, ME 04640, or Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Helen’s family extends their deepest gratitude to the medical and professional staff at Birch Bay, Northern Light Hospice and Mount Desert Island Hospital for their thoughtful caregiving.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.