Obituary for Erna Mae McGarvey

Born: Sep. 24th, 1921
Passed Away: Feb. 20th, 2016


Erna M. McGarvey (nee Klick) age 94, of Grand Rapids, MI., formerly of Altoona, PA., was called home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. She was born in Altoona PA, to the late Harry and Edna (Blake) Klick. Erna was preceded in death by her husband W. Dean McGarvey in 1988, son Pastor David McGarvey, one sister and one brother. She was an active member of the Altoona Bible Church and Grace Family Bible Church in Altoona where she was a charter member. She taught Sunday school and played piano and organ there for many years. She was also active in the Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference where she played piano. In 2008 she moved to Grand Rapids, MI., to be closer to her family and was an active member in the Coopersville Bible Church where she played the organ up until her death. Erna loved to spend time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, knitting and reading. She is survived by her children, Pastor Timothy (Sharon) McGarvey, Pastor Joel (Susan) McGarvey and Deborah (Steve) Wuitowicz; daughter-in-law, JoAnn McGarvey; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Life Celebration Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016, at the Coopersville Bible Church with a time of fellowship and luncheon to follow the service. A Life Celebration Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Grace Family Bible Church, 2243 Mill Rd, Duncansville, PA 16635 with a time of fellowship and luncheon to follow the service. Erna’s desire is that all who knew her or read this will know and share the hope she has now realized being absent from the body and present with the Lord. She had this promise of God based upon her faith and trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us that one is saved as they believed that Jesus died for their sins, was buried and rose again according to the scriptures. The Bible says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31) and, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Believe and receive this and you will be saved. Memorial donations may be made to Coopersville Bible Church, Grace Family Bible Church, Grace Publications or Bible Doctrines to Live By. An online guestbook may be signed at Throop Funeral Home Coopersville, MI. ph. 616-837-8161