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Elizabeth M. (Kirwan) Callery, 85 – Former Courier for the CIA

elizabeth callery obituary


elizabeth callery obituary

Elizabeth M. (Kirwan) Callery passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 16, 2021.

Born in Pottsville on February 18, 1935, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late William and Freda Kirwan.

She was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she made life-long friendships. Elizabeth’s first job out of college was as a courier for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Washington, DC. After marrying, she also worked at Merck & Co. in Philadelphia before returning to Pottsville to raise her family.

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Elizabeth was the wife of the late Dr. Vincent A. Callery, to whom she was married for 50 years. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her beloved son, Patrick V.A. Callery and her brothers William, Robert, and John Kirwan.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughters Meg Callery (Paul Sullivan), Jennifer Verzella (Louis), and Elizabeth Orton (Christopher). Elizabeth has six adoring grandchildren who affectionately called her “Grand” (because she was), Elizabeth, Sarah, and Luke Verzella and Emma, Jackson, and Calvin Orton. She leaves nieces and nephews along with her many friends.

Elizabeth enjoyed gardening, classical music, and history. She had a knack for making friends. To know her was to feel love. She opened her home to all and enjoyed hosting her family and friends. A seat at her kitchen table guaranteed you a delicious snack and wonderful conversation; you left in better spirits than you arrived. We will miss her always and attempt to carry on her legacy of kindness and finding beauty in all things.

Services will be private, but livestreaming information can be found at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her honor.

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Lord Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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