The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 9, 2014

Grace W. Hibler

Salvation Army major enjoyed singing in church


- — Grace W. Hibler of Brookfield entered eternal peace at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, while she was a patient at O’Brien Memorial Nursing Home, Masury, after a lengthy illness. She was 88.

Miss Hibler was born April 14, 1925, in Sharon, a daughter to Ralph L. and Mary Julia Sowash Hibler.

She graduated in 1943 from Sharon High School and committed her life to community service with the Salvation Army.

Caring for people and looking after everyone, she obtained the rank of major, working at citadels in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Her activities included singing at her church. She was known as the “Lollipop Lady” as well as the “Cat Lady,” with her special cat named Squeaky.

Survivors include her sister, Stella A. Hacker, Hubbard; and several nieces and nephews, among whom was Judy Hacker, her guardian.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brothers, Thomas “Buck” Hibler, Raymond A. Hibler and Leland V. Hibler; and her sister, Sylvia G. Bartholomew.

As suggested by her family, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Alzheimer’s Association in your area.


Grace W., 88, Brookfield.

Service: Funeral service to honor Grace’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday (1-11-14) in BRICELAND FUNERAL SERVICE, 379 State Route 7 SE, Brookfield.

Laid to rest: Next to her parents in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.