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Carol Bitner

Carol Bitner

June 6, 1934 February 8, 2020

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Obituary for Carol Ann Bitner

Carol Ann Bitner, 85, passed away peacefully at Phoebe Berks Nursing Health Center. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn C. (Reber) and Edgar A. Bitner. She is survived by her brother, Thomas Bitner and his wife, Jane of Wyomissing; a nephew, Christopher Bitner and his children, Gretchen and Jonathan all of Syracuse, NY and her niece, Carol E. Bitner, wife of Peter Alvarez of Exeter Twp.

Carol was born in Reading on June 6, 1934 and a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and Methodist Episcopal Nursing School in Philadelphia. She later earned her BS in Nursing from Columbia University in NYC. She worked as a nurse for a number of years but then joined the national executive staff of the Camp Fire Girls. Later, however, she was employed and retired as a field director for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The love of her life, however, from the time she was in grade school until the very end was art. Carol was an accomplished artist, brushing a variety of mediums to create striking scenes of life. She was an active member of the League of Roanoke Artists until her move to Phoebe Berks retirement community. The remaining works of art that she has issued will be a vivid reminder of the truly talented person that we have lost.

Special thanks and appreciation must be issued to the Phoebe organization that has so carefully cared for her. At her request, Carol will be cremated and buried with her family in Epler’s Cemetery, Leesport. It was her desire that there be no services. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is entrusted with the care of Carol and her family in their time of grief.

In lieu of flowers, Carol request that donations be made to the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, 210 George St., Reading, PA 19605.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com

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Mary Sapp

I worked with Carol from 1980-1988 at the National Office of Camp Fire in Kansas City.
Carol was the epitome of professionalism- - intelligent, detail minded, mission-oriented, mindful of Camp Fire’s traditions but with a vision plan for meeting changing needs. She knew and chatted with all staff no matter our spot on the job chart. Carol had a great laugh, played a mean game of pinochle, and threw a wicked curveball at the bowling alley. I have many fond memories of this wonderful woman and am honored to have known her.--Mary Sapp
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Karen Bartz

Carol was my inspiration and role model as a young professional woman. She hired me as program director at the national office of Camp Fire Boys and Girls when the organization moved from New York City to Kansas City in 1978. It was an exciting time as the organization moved from all-girl to co-educational. Carol had a vision of gender, racial and religious equity that constantly challenged me to think "beyond the box." When the organization moved to Kansas City, only seven staff made the move so almost all of Carol's staff were young and on a steep learning curve. She had high expectations of us and herself but was also very sensitive and caring to our needs. I do remember her saying that when she was in New York, she was the "baby" on the staff. In Kansas City, she suddenly became the organizational historian and "mother hen." I will always be grateful for what I learned from Carol.

Karen Bartz
Comment | Posted at 10:22pm via Condolence
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Diane Casola

Carol was a remarkable leader for Girl Scouts in Roanoke. She always impressed me with her professionalism and kindness. I am a better person for having known her.
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Audrey Hawkins

Carol was a true guiding light and meant so much to all of us in the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council. She was a kind, talented and very special lady whose unique gifts touched and guided thousands of young ladies for decades. I treasure memories of her and offer my most sincere condolences to the family. I know she valued you most highly.
Comment | Posted at 07:26pm via Condolence
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Betty Hancock Bright

Carol will be missed by her many artists friends. She was an active member of The League of Roanoke Artists and developed numerous LRA art Shows with the Girl Scouts. Carol served two full terms as LRA Treasurer, wrote our bylaws and encouraged us to become a 501(c)(3). We send our sincere condolences to Carol’s Family. Betty H. Bright, Director at Large, The League of Roanoke Artists.
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