Special Valentines Day Celebration Held For Widows and Widowers


WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY – (WBRE/WYOU) Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the holiday of love..but for those who have lost a spouse, sometimes it can be lonely.

That’s why a funeral home in Lycoming County made sure to make today extra special for widows and widoers in the area.

Who says there can’t be love, after loss?

Newberry Christian Fellowship in Williamsport was packed with Valentines Thursday afternoon..who all shared one thing in common – they have lost someone near and dear to their heart.

“My husband that passed away last month,” said Alice Brown.

“My wife just passed away the end of October,” said Davird Vartraw.

Knowing that the pain of grieving is never easy, members of Knight-Confer Funeral Home decided to put together a day full of celebration..which includes singing, dancing and a good meal.

“Valentines Day is so much focused on couples you know. Dinner for two special things for two, that we wanted ladies and gentleman to have the opportunity to come to something where they could remember their loved one,” said Funeral Director, Sarah Kieser.

“I saw the ad in the newspaper and I thought..that’s for me because my poor husband passed away and I’m all alone,” said Bonita Aloisio.

“I’m happy to be here first I wasn’t going to come because since I lost him it’s been hard for me to travel too much,” said Brown.

Alice Brown’s husband Joseph passed away in her arms.

She tells me today is a time to remember the good times they shared with one another.

“Me and my husband went everywhere together. We was married 22 years,” said Brown.

Others, say it’s a great way to commemorate with new friends.

“I’m glad I was able to come here and celebrate otherwise I’d just be sitting at home. I’ve had a nice conversation with this gentleman he had 38 years in the army,” said Vartraw.

“Valentines Day has always been important to me. My husband gave me gifts and we always went to supper,” said Aloiso.

For Bonita Aloisio, even without her late husband Dominico..Valentines Day will always be special.

“I’m sure he’s still in your heart everyday, right?” I asked.

“Oh, definitely,” said Aloiso.

More than 50 widows and widowers gathered at the celebration.

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