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Barbara J. Kissinger, 82 – Sang with Pine Creek Circuit Riders

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Barbara J. Kissinger, age 82, of Valley View, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Saturday, February 20, 1937, in Valley View, a daughter of the late Ivan Koppenhaver and the late Thelma Morgan Koppenhaver.

Barbara was a 1955 graduate of the former Hubley Township High School.

She worked at the Tri-Valley High School Cafeteria and last worked at Bixler’s Country Meats, Valley View.

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She was a member of Pine Creek United Methodist Church, Spring Glen; where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She also sang with the Pine Creek Circuit Riders.

Her husband, Donald H. Kissinger, passed away in 1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents; by a grandson, Joel R. Kissinger, and a step grandson, Jeremy Michener.

She is survived by two sons, Rick D. Kissinger and his wife, Dawn, of Hegins and Craig A. Kissinger and his companion, Nancy Carpenter, of Mt Carmel; a daughter, Lori J. Blyler and her husband Joe of Valley View; three grandsons, Joe D. Blyler and his wife Allison, of Elysburg, Andrew J. Blyler and his wife, Kelsey, of Hegins, and Drew A. Kissinger of Klingerstown; two step grandsons, Dennis Wolfe, of Hegins, and Steven Michener of Seattle, WA; a step granddaughter, Shelby Wolfe, of Mt Carmel; three great granddaughters, Adalyn Blyler, Juliette Blyler, and Cora Blyler; and a brother, Lenwood I. Koppenhaver and his wife, Linda, of Pottstown.

Funeral services will be held at the Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 11 am, with Rev. John Wallace officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Burial will be made in St. Mark’s Cemetery, Spring Glen.

Memorial contributions can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences can be left for the family at


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