Barbara S. Rowland

87, a long-time resident of Abington, died April 12, 2020 at Normandy Farms Estates (NFE) in Blue Bell. She was the beloved wife of Baron Rowland for over 61 years.

She was born in Philadelphia to the late Catharine Mundy and J. Ardell Shadle. She graduated from Frankford High School and the Peirce School of Business Administration where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She worked as Advertising Service Coordinator for Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia.

In 1958 she married her husband, a Philadelphia funeral director, and soon after moved to Abington where they opened a funeral home. She managed the office aspects of the business. In 2002, they sold the business and retired to Normandy Farms Estates.

She was active in many civic and charitable endeavors, often serving as president or in other leadership roles. She was a 50 plus year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter L., the Abington Civic Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 40 year member of Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club.

She was a member of Abington Presbyterian Church for 69 years where she was a ruling elder, serving on the Personnel Council for 14 years, the last three as chair. She was also a member of Presbyterian Women and the Come Double Club. She chaired a capital campaign that raised over $2.5MM to renovate the church’s Parish House.

She served as Vice President of the Abington Township Public Library’s Board of Trustees and chaired two major fund-raising campaigns, raising $2.2MM for the complete renovation and automation of the library.

Mrs. Rowland was an accomplished pianist, playing the piano in the annual NFE Christmas caroling program. She and her husband enjoyed attending Philadelphia Orchestra performances and travelling throughout the world. For 20 years, they spent the month of March in Palm Desert, California.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, David B., Carol R. Diehl (Clyde) and Susan L. Rowland Miller (David) and four grandchildren, Andrew J. Diehl, Lauren E. Diehl, Nathan B. Rowland Miller and Julianne B. Rowland Miller. She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy L. Founds.

A private burial will be held at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

Please visit the funeral home web site, periodically over the coming weeks, for information regarding a memorial service. 

Clarke Piatt

91, of Hunlock Creek, passed away peacefully April 14, 2020, following a period of declining health.

Born March 23, 1929, in Hunlock Creek, he was a son of the late Charles R. and Eleanor Sweitzer Piatt. Clarke was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Class of 1947 and completed his training to become a funeral director at Eckel's College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army's 7770th Eucom Mortuary Division in Frankfurt, Germany.

He constructed a new funeral home facility in Hunlock Creek and, on July 5, 1957, founded the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home, which has faithfully served the families of that area for more than 60 continuous years. He also served as deputy coroner for Luzerne County for decades.

Clarke worked tirelessly at his profession and was very community minded, generously supporting the local churches and many organizations as well as donating land for the use of Hunlock Township athletic fields. He was a member of Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church; founding member and first Fire Chief of the Hunlock Creek Fire Department; American Legion Post No. 495, Shickshinny; Nanticoke Lodge No. 332, Free and Accepted Masons, and Caldwell Consistory, Valley of Bloomsburg as well as the National, Pennsylvania and Luzerne County Funeral Directors Associations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the former United Penn and Northeastern Bank for many years.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, the former Mary Jones on May 4, 1995; siblings, Betty Covert, Eleanor Morgan, Charles Piatt, Catherine Mielewski, Shirley Sorber, Alfred Piatt, Burton Piatt and Carol Arabinick.

Surviving is his son, Dr. Clarke Piatt II and wife, Noreen, of Wayne; grandchildren, Clarke III, Henry, Margaret and Millicent Piatt; a sister, Miriam Berkheiser, of Berwick, and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be private. Interment will be in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn.