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Rachel J. (Barber) Starry

March 20, 2020 — June 13, 2020


Rachel Josephine (Barber) Starry, 90, of Punxsutawney, PA, passed away peacefully at home, June 13, 2020 surrounded by the love of family and friends

Rachel was born March 20, 1930 to Ann and Sam Barber in Frostburg.

On April 11, 1953. Rachel married the love of her life, Doyle Starry, who survives. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this April.

Rachel was a devout member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Church, a member of the Rosary Altar Society, was a church cleaner, and made the best funnel cakes at the festival.

She was known for her peach cookies and rhubarb pies. Rachel worked for Bell Telephone, Jaynell’s and The Smart Shop. Dogs brought Rachel joy.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She and Doyle enjoyed taking family vacations, going to the casinos, and playing Sunday night poker with their dear Card Club friends. Always singing, whistling, yodeling, and snapping her gum, Rachel loved to keep busy and was even referred to as the Energizer Bunny.

She is survived by her beloved husband Doyle Starry, daughter Debora Doty and Ken Skarbek of Punxsutawney, daughter Lisa and Dan London of Punxsutawney, and son Daniel and Dianne Starry of Somerset, PA. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and Rachel’s caregivers who are now part of our family.

Preceded in death by her parents, brother Pat Barber and wife Mary, sister Rose Tote and husband John.

Friends will be received on Monday June 15, 2020 from 3-7 PM at the McCabe Funeral Home Inc. 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney, PA.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday June, 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Cosmas and Damian Church, 616 West Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA

with Msgr. Joseph Riccardo Celebrant.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to The Saint Vincent De Paul Society in her memory.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rachel J. (Barber) Starry, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Friends will be received

Monday, June 15, 2020

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Ss. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church

616 West Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767

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