Margaret L. (Geary) Bowen

September 7, 1925 ~ November 3, 2020 (age 95)


Olean- Margaret G. Bowen, 95, a resident of Absolut Care of Allegany, died recently at Harris Hill’s of Williamsville facility, following a brief illness.

Born September 7, 1925 to Thomas C. “Charles T. or C.T.” and Helen Stambaugh Geary.  Margaret was the oldest living Geary at the time of her passing. On May 29, 1954, she married John J. Bowen in Allegany.  He predeceased her in 2010. Married for 56 years, the couple raised their family in the Seneca Heights area of Olean.

Margaret attended St. Elizabeth Academy and graduated from Allegany High School, at the age of 16. Margaret went on to graduate from Westbrook Academy, and began her professional career with Standard Oil Co. of New York (SCONY).  She eventually retired from St. Bonaventure University biology department.

Supporting her children, Margaret served as Girl Scout troop leader, room mother at the former school 9 and Olean High School Booster Club.  Additionally, she was part of the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica Bereavement group.

During her life, she held memberships with: St. Mary’s of the Angels Basilica, Olean Friendly Coin Club, Bartlett Country Club, Cuba Lake Cottage Owners Association, and Olean Welcome Wagon where she was an avid bridge player.

A direct descendant of William Thompson, who in the late 1700’s settled Centre County, PA. The Thompson family gave the tract of land to begin in the county’s first “land grant” initiative, which today is known as Penn State University.

Surviving are one daughter, Maryellen B. (Matthew) Hill of Bellefonte, PA., and two sons, John G. (Arlene) Bowen of Richmond, VA., and Charles T. (MaryBeth) Bowen of Tampa, FL., her grandchildren, M. Aaron (Heidi) Hill, Courtney E. Burkett, Valerie (Christopher) Beichner, John W., Cynthia, Ryan, and Kyle Bowen; seven great-grandchildren, Moira, Lawson and Lydia Beichner, Hunter, Cooper and Lincoln Hill, and Bradley Burkett; one nephew, David (Susan) Geary; and nieces, Grace (David) Nolan, Megan Blafkin, Shannon Brown, Helen Geary-Goss, Maureen (Michael) Reuther, and Colleen (Craig) Hartburg.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Thomas C. Geary, and one nephew, Stephen Geary.

A private celebration of life memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience.  Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Memorials if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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