NEW BERLIN — Sandra Barry (Chapin) Pardi of 300 Market St., New Berlin, since 1987, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of April 20, 2012, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove. Sandra, or Bobbi as she was known to her family and friends, was born at Geisinger Hospital, Danville, on March 22, 1934, the daughter of the late Benneville Haag Chapin and Agnes I. Chapin Sharp. She graduated from high school in Milton, in 1952, and attended Indiana State Teachers College where she met and married Clair Richard Walter, of Pittsburgh, who preceded her in death. After their divorce in 1985, Bobbi returned to Pittsburgh where she met and married John Pardi, who preceded her in death. Bobbi and John moved to New Berlin in 1988. Bobbi was an incredibly talented woman and role model for today’s modern independent “supermoms.” She was a drum major and life guard in high school, and was a music major and played the oboe at Indiana State Teachers College. Bobbi believed in doing everything herself, and over the years became an accomplished seamstress, gardener, mural painter, and jewelry designer. Bobbi worked full time while raising her five children. She instilled in them an appreciation of art and culture while grounding them with a reverence for nature. She held different jobs throughout her life, and even fitted the first Buffalo Sabre’s hockey team with their skates. Bobbi served as a board member of the Little Theater in Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio, and as a board member of the Heritage Society in New Berlin. She was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Berlin. Her hobbies included reading, high fashion/couture, gardening, collecting antiques, and making beautiful custom gold and silver jewelry. Bobbi is survived by her daughters, Barri Lee (Walter) Hauck-Critzman, of Victorville, Calif., Pamela Karen (Walter) Bhuthimethee, of Holly Springs, N.C., Rebecca Ann (Walter) Oliver, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Cynthia Pauline (Walter) Weiland of Boise, Idaho; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and Tomasina, her beloved cat. She was preceded in death by her son, James Craig Walter. We, her children, would like to express our gratitude to her great friends, Ronald and Frances Blatchley, to Pastor Andrew and the members of the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Berlin, and to all who have known and been part of this extraordinary woman’s life. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Market St., New Berlin, PA 17855. Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.
Published on April 20, 2012