Anna C. Woodside

Born: Sun., Feb. 25, 1912
Died: Wed., Jan. 9, 2013


5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Fri., Jan. 11, 2013
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Location: Millersburg Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Location: Queen of Peace Catholic Church

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MILLERSBURG- Anna C. Woodside, 100, of 4 Tandy Lane passed away January 9th, 2013 at home.

The Twentieth Century witnessed advancements and developments of astounding complexity.  These have and will affect society for all time to come.  For most of this century and now into the Twenty-first Century Catholic High/Bishop McDevitt of Harrisburg has flourished and impacted thousands of lives.
One of the earliest graduates Anna Christine Reuwer Woodside, 1929 interviewed with us to help us span the century in light of her life and that of Catholic High/Bishop McDevitt, Anna at age 99 ½ is one of our oldest graduates.
On February 25, 1912, the same year that Arizona entered into statehood as our 48th and the Cunard Line’s Titanic took that fateful dive, Anna Christine and Dorothy Suzanne, identical twins, were born to Henry and Anna Reuwer.  They joined their sister, Mary, just two and a half years old at the time.
The Reuwer household bustled with activity as the girls grew.  Mr. Reuwer owned the Golden Seal Drug Store located at 11 South Market Square.  This spot proved popular for many Harrisburg residents who gathered there for lunch or to buy soda or ice cream from the fountain bar.  There was a garden in the rear for outdoor seating.  Mrs. Reuwer took care of her children to see that they studied hard and made sure they received a quality Catholic education.  Mrs. Reuwer also busily cooked for the meals at the Golden Seal.  Anna, her sisters and cousins and very close family members all attended St. Laurence Parish School on State Street in the shadow of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the State Capitol.  St. Laurence was staffed by the Sisters of Christian Charity who still serve Bishop McDevitt High School as well as Cathedral School.
High school for Anna and the Reuwer family was on North Street in Harrisburg a few blocks from St. Laurence.  Anna began here in 1925 in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties” when the country experienced the “Best of Times”.  There were 25 students in Anna’s class of 1929.  This included her twin sister, Dorothy.  Even in ’25 Catholic high found it difficult to accommodate the growing student body.  A campaign began to raise money to build a new school which would end up at 2200 Market Street.  Mrs. Ruewer was very involved in the fundraising campaign even though the new building which opened in 1930 would not see her children attend there.
Anna recalled that Catholic High on North Street had a reputation for being strict and emphasized academics.  The Sisters of Mercy staffed this building exclusively.  All students were required to take Latin for four years.  The school housed a swimming pool in the basement and there were no sports teams until Anna was a junior, 1928 when football began.  The school at this time did not extend itself into providing social entertainment.  However, students would get together and go to movies (27 cents admission) or they would go to one of the student’s homes. (many times that of the Ruewers) where Anna remembers rolling up the rugs in the living room, turning on the radio, dancing, laughing and talking.  Owning a radio was just as important in the 1920’s and 30’s as a television is today.  Most things were done in the connection with the home and family even lunchtime would see Ann, Dorothy and Mary walk home to eat. (the students were given 1 hour to eat and then return to school)
Then asked what memory she had of high school, Anna mentioned the piano.  It seems that every day as the students were entering the school building, someone in turn had to play the piano, always the same song. Everyone had the requirement-no exceptions!  Anna smiled as she remembered her days playing saying, “I wasn’t very good, but we had to do it even if you didn’t know how to play.”
After graduating in June of 1929 from Catholic High on North Street, Anna and Dorothy headed off to college in the fall.  College Misericordia in Dallas, PA a newly established college of the Religious Sisters of Mercy who taught at Catholic High, accepted the girls.  They would be roommates for the next four years.  The newly founded college consisted of one building for classes and one dormitory.  Anna recalls that most of the student body commuted.  About six weeks after classes began, the New York Stock Market crashed.  It was a difficult time for the country and for the Reuwer family.  Ann’s parents still owners of the Golden Seal extended credit and took their losses but managed to keep their daughters in college during this Great Depression.  Anna and Dorothy were graduated in 1933 with degrees in Home Economics/English and General Science for secondary education.
In the spring, after graduation, Anna worked at the family drugstore.  The superintendant of the Gratz Schools called her to see if she would be able to fill in until the year ended.  Anna took the job and completed the year in Gratz.  When she was getting ready to leave Gratz, her house parents, where she boarded, gave her a going away party.  It was at this party where she met a handsome banker, Allen Gilbert.  Allen, president of the Millersburg Trust Company (now Mid-Penn Bank) courted Anna.  They dated and fell in love but not without difficulty since her parents objected to the relationship since Allen was older and not Catholic.  However, “Love conquers all.”  On February 1, 1935 Allen met Anna for lunch and proposed marriage.  So on that day, February 1, 1935 in St. Lawrence Rectory, Anna Reuwer, nearly 23 years old, became Mrs. Allen Gilbert.  They honeymooned in Florida and settled in Millersburg.

Anna and Allen enjoyed twenty wonderful years of marriage.  Their one daughter, Ruth, lives today in Nova Scotia, has four grown children and seven grandchildren.  Anna to this day enjoys visiting her daughter in Nova Scotia.
After Allen died, Anna substituted as a teacher in Susquehanna Township for a year.  In the meantime Halifax High School had an opening.  Anna took this job closer to her home and taught for two years when a job in Millersburg became available.  Anna for ten years taught senior English and for her final 3 years of teaching at Millersburg was able to teach in her major, Home Economics, and was very grateful to be able to end her career teaching what she loved most.
Ten years after Allen passed away Anna in 1966 remarried and lived in Palmyra.  Her husband, Cyrenius Signor, and she kept the household in Palmyra and in Millersburg until he passed away in 1976.  After ten years, Anna married Judge Robert Woodside (1986), a prominent Harrisburg attorney, Judge and professor at Dickenson Law College.  Judge Woodside and Anna were married for eleven years before he died.  Anna presently lives in Millersburg and has a winter residence in Arizona.
When asked how she feels about the moving of the present Bishop McDevitt from Market Street to the new location on Page and Spring Creek Road she told us that she never went to the Market Street building but did have a love for it because her mom who worked very diligently to raise funds for the school loved the building.  She did say, “We have to progress.  We can’t stand still.”  She will look forward to seeing the new building which is slated to be finished for her 101st birthday.  Change is a good thing and we need to embrace and help future generations receive a good Catholic education.
At 99, we can learn much from Anna.  Throughout her whole life, Anna always kept busy.  At this time of her life she loves to travel and have an active lifestyle.  To stay fit, she swims laps or walks in the pool at least three or four times a week.  To this day, she and her girlfriends make a point to get to the pool where they spend an hour exercising.  To do this she drives to Elisabethville to the “Y”.  Being active and physically fit is very important to her.  She recently was singled out as the member of the month at the Elisabethville “Y”.
When at home in Millersburg or Arizona, Anna spends time reading, emailing, and having visitors.  When shown around her home in Millersburg, which she built in 2005, we went to her office where she has her computer which she uses to email and receive communiqué from her family and friends.  When asked to what she attributed her long life she said she guesses it is good “genes”.  Her twin, Dorothy died at age 94 and her grandmother was 94 also when she passed away.  Other family members died in their 80’s and some are still alive in their 90’s.

On February 25, 2012 Anna will celebrate her 100th birthday.  We wish her the best and invite her to come see the third building, a “New School” ,in the Harrisburg Catholic/Bishop McDevitt history. (This article was taken with permission from the Bishop McDevitt Alumni News).

She is survived by her daughter Ruth McCarty of Nova Scotia. Grandchildren William McCarty (Donna), Allen Markley McCarty (Tracy), Benjamin McCarty (Patricia), Brie McCarty Warren (Robyn)
Great Grandchildren Philip McCarty, Thomas McCarty, and Kimberly McCarty, Julian McCarty and Annabel Warren, Tory Davis , Matthew Glenn-Ford, Alex McCarty, Travis Davis, Austin McCarty.
Step-Daughter Ginger Signor Seff (Fred) and step-son Donald Signor (Kathleen). Grandchildren Betsy Seff Girgis (Michael), Joanna Seff Schultz (Jordan), Michael Signor (Samantha),  Steve Signor.
Great Grandchildren Simon Girgis, Penelope Schultz, Sammy Signor, and Sophia Signor.
Step-daughter Jane F. Woodside. Grandchildren Michael Woodside (Barb), Laura Phillips (Ren), and Diana Woodside.
Great grandchildren Emma and Nathan Woodside, Lee and Mitchell Phillips, and Tristan Witmer.
She was preceded in death by step-son Robert J. Woodside and wife Joyce.

There will be a viewing on Friday, Jan. 11th from 5:30 - 8:30pm and again on Saturday, Jan. 12th from 9-10:00 am at Hoover-Boyer Funeral Home in Millersburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 12th at 11:00 am at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Millersburg, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg.

Donations can be made to In lieu of flowers to Millersburg Ferry, PO Box 93, Millersburg, PA 17061 or Historical Society, PO Box 171, Millersburg, PA 17061 or Millersburg Pool 207 James Road, Millersburg, PA.

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Shirley and Ken Romberger
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Dear Ruth and family - Your Mother is now at peace. She was always a "First Class Lady" and we cherish memories of the time spent in her presence. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time, but always remember the wonderful life she lived.

Pat Lawler
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Our prayers and thoughts will be with the family and friends during this difficult time. I only had the pleasure of being with Mrs. Woodside a few times but she was a beautiful, thoughtful and caring lady.
Love and prayers from Bill McCarty's mother-in-law and family.

Sandy Rabin
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Mrs. Woodside was a valued and cherished patient. I hope I was able to improve her life quality by improving her hearing.
Her memory will be a blessing to us all.

Sincere condolences,


Nancy Barnhart Parsons - Millersburg Class of 1964
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Mrs. Signor was my home economics teacher at Millersburg. I will always remember her kindness and patience with those of us who were not natural-born domestic goddesses.

Barb Clark and Malcolm "Mac" Bostwick
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Jere and Jan Coxon
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
What fond memories we have of enjoyable times spent with Anna at MidPenn Bank functions. She was such a lady! We will miss her smiling personality.
Sorry we'll be unable to attend her services. You are in our prayers.
Jere and Jan Coxon

Mike,Barb,Emma & Nathan Woodside
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Anna was a kind and wonderful person. We always looked forward to seeing her when we got back to Millersburg. We were proud to have her as a grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed.

The Friends & Staff at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Anna, you have been a friend and supporter of the Center since its inception, twenty years ago. Thank you for everything you did for us, your friends and the community. Where you have gone is a far, far better place than here and you have made here a better place by far.

Gladys & Bruce
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
We cherish wonderful memories of Ann (Big Grandma).
Our thoughts are with you.

Gladys and Bruce

Carolyn Crowell
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
Dear Brie, Robyn, Julian, Annabel, so sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. How wonderful it was that you were able to spend this past Christmas with her and she was able to see Julian and Annabel. This Christmas visit was definitely orchestrated by God! We never had the pleasure of meeting your grandmother but knowing how much you loved her, Brie, tells the story.

With love and prayers and tears,
Carolyn & Logan

Joetta J Miller
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
To the family of Anna Woodside,Anna will be remembered as a lady, very caring person to all who knew her. May she rest in peace. In Sympathy, Joetta Miller

Sandy and Dave Stott
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
To all of Anne's family,

Our thoughts and prayers are always with you but especially today. We are there in spirit. Anne was a wonderful friend to my parents and to us. The world is a little poorer for Anne's loss, but Heaven is a little richer. She will be greatly missed by all.

Love and God Bless,
Sandy and Dave Stott

Dr Corinne B Leek
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
I am very sorry to have heard of Mother's passing. She was a Great Lady of the finest kind. I only hope I can be like her when I grow up, as I told she and Aunt Dorothy more than once.
My very sincere condolences.

Tracy McCarty
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
We miss her! Each moment of every day...this is a great loss for all of us. We thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The McCarty's

Janet Rae (Hoffner) Seagrist
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013
Dear Ruth and family, I was sorry to hear about your Mom's passing, but then, she lived a good life and was ready. She was still a beautiful woman, I remember her very well. Will be praying for you and your family

Channing E. Persun
   Posted Wed January 23, 2013
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. I would like to share something with you that I draw comfort from. It's a scripture found at Revelation 21:3,4. Please take a moment to read. I think you will find it encouraging, and I hope you can be comforted by it as well. I am a volunteer in your community and attend the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. If you would like further information or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sheree-Lee Knorr
   Posted Thu January 24, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. When a respected educator and person passes away, her school family feels a loss as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Elkizabeth "Betsy" Cummings Reynolds
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
Dear Ruth and Family, Your mom was my home room teacher, Home Ec.,teacher after Mrs. McNeely retired, Chaperone for our senior trip to Washington, DC, and I always loved her. She was always caring, encouraging, and fun. My parents, Owen and Mildred Cummings were friends of the Reuwer's, which my sister Lynne reminded me of. I saw her at our 50th class reunion of the class of 61, on Sept 10th 2011 hugged her and told her how excited we all were to see her after so many years.She was a real lady, and I will miss her.May God comfort you in your loss. My cousin Mary Lou, and John Sweigard went on several trips with her. She certainly got around and saw a lot of things in 100 years. Sincerely, Betsy Reynolds

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