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Bridget McGrail Cummings (1831-1911)


One of the largest funerals witnessed in Inkerman in some time was that of Mrs. Bridget Cummings, which was held yesterday morning at 9 O’clock from the home of her son, Michael Cummings.

The high esteem in which the aged woman was held was manifested by the large array of floral offerings which adorned the casket. The procession moved from the house to St. Mark’s Church, where a requiem Mass was sung by the Pastor, Rev. J. J. B. Feeley. The offertory was sung by William Conlow. He also sang “Nearer My God, to Thee” when the remains were taken down the centre aisle.

After the Mass the body was conveyed to St. John’s Cemetery for interment. The pall bearers were: Patrick Wynne, Patrick Durkin, John Merrick, John Gannon, Edward McNulty and Michael Fahey.

   Wilkes Barre Record - October 31, 1911


Saturday morning Mrs. Bridget Cummings of Pine Street, one of the pioneer residents of Pittston and vicinity passed away at 8:30 at the age of 80 years. She enjoyed good health until a year ago but since then she has suffered from the infirmities of  advancing years.

Her native home was in Ireland. She came here when very young and for the past 60 years has resided between Pittston and Inkerman. Her husband Patrick Cummings preceded her in death several years ago. Their early days of housekeeping was on a farm a little below where Saint Mark’s stands ,on the main road. Later they retired and settled in a more commodious home in Inkerman where Mr. Cummings died. There were but few homes built in Sebastopol and Inkerman in these early days.

Before the parish was separated from Saint John’s the deceased was among the faithful attendants regardless of the weather. Death having separated them, Mrs. Cummings gave up the house in Inkerman to be near her grandchildren on Pine Street when both father and mother were removed.

She was a lovingly devoted mother. She is survived by two sons, Michael Cummings, the merchant in Inkerman and Thomas Cummings of South Main Street. The remains were taken to Mr. Cummings home from where the funeral will be held this morning at 9 o’clock, with a requiem mass in Saint Mark’s Church, and interment in Saint John’s Cemetery.

   Wilkes Barre Record - October 30, 1911

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