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July 16, 2014

Roberta Ann (Bobby) Bower

NEW CASTLE — Roberta Ann (Bobby) Bower, 74, of New Castle, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Born June 23, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie Thompson, also of New Castle. She was a graduate of New Castle High School class of 1958 and attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Bobby was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. She was an avid collector of antiques and was the owner and operator of various antique shops — the most recent being “Granny’s Antiques” located in Conneaut Lake. She loved her family and friends, the beach, her large “Acre” garden, the paranormal, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bobby always had a wonderful sense of humor and a disarming smile. She was a great listener and enjoyed her innocent quips. She had a unique ability to engage anyone and make friends with just a few words. Bobby loved to tell stories and enjoyed sharing her knowledge of antiques, life and her family. She was beloved by all who met her and her legacy will live on in our hearts, minds and family. Words cannot express how much she meant to all of us. Our lives are better for knowing her and she will be greatly missed.

Bobby is survived by her sister, Joye Delle Keenan of State College; her four children, Michael (Micky) Hardenburg, his wife, Melitta, and daughter, Emma, of New Wilmington; Kevin Hardenburg, his wife, Jill, and their children, Kyra, Erin, Luke and Leah, of Norristown; Brandi and Jim Passifiume of Anaheim, Calif.; and Lori Pinkerton, her husband, Keith, and their children, Evan and Seth, of New Castle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bower, and his son, Charles.

There are no calling hours. A family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.

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