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    Union Press Courier, 8 Oct 1964, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Name:   OVERBERGER, Benedict J. (DDS)
Age:   81
Birth Date:   9 Jun 1881
Parents:   John B. & Helena (Huber) Overberger
Spouse:   Elizabeth Callahan
Buried:   St. Mary's Catholic Church cemetery
Newspaper:   Union Press Courier
Obituary Date:   8 Oct 1964
Contributed by:   Lisa Baker

Funeral for Civic Leader on Monday

One of the most outstanding residents of the Patton area, a man who commanded the respect and admiration of the thousands who knew him, died last Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Miners' Hospital, Spangler, where he had been a patient for several days. He was Benedict J. Overberger, and he died in the 82nd year of his age.

His was a lifetime of good citizenship. A native of this community, he was born June 9, 1881, a son of the late John B. and Helena (Huber) Overberger of Patton R.D. and spent his youth in both the teaching profession and profession of dentistry. In 1911 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dentistry, and lost no time in establishing himself in the practice in Patton. The same year he located in the old Brady Building, where he remained until 1922, when he removed to the Good Building, now the First Naitonal Bank at Patton building, where he remained until his relatively recent retirement. He covered a span of 53 years in his profession in Patton.

Dr. Overberger in his early years received his primary education in the country schools of this section, qualifying for a time as a teacher. His first assignment was the old Mellon School, and later he taught at both St. Boniface and Chest Springs. His last teaching engagement was a principal in the Carrolltown Borough School.

On Sept. 28, 1921, Dr. Overberger and the former Elizabeth Callahan were united in marriage, and to this union five children were born. A son, Richard James, paid the supreme sacrifice while serving with the Army in France during World War II. His body is interred in Epinal Cemetery near Nancy, in France.

Besides his widow, mentioned, Dr. Overberger is survived by these children: Attorney Benedict J. Overberger, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.; Miss Elizabeth Jane Overberger, New York City; Dr. Robert E. Overberger, D.D.S., Cresson, and Helen V., wife of Kenneth W. Trone, Indianapolis, Ind. There are nine grandchildren. He was a brother of Dr. Charles E. Overberger, of Barnesboro.

Dr. Overberger's remembrance took him back to the celebration of the first mass sung in the old St. Mary's Church of Patton, and a lifelong member of the parish, he was an altar boy back in the early days. Being gifted with a fine voice, he became a member of the church choir, of which for more than 33 ears he served as director.

But, one of the main interests of Dr. Overberger thorughout his lifetime was that of education. He served continuously for 24 years as a member of the Patton Borough School Board, and 12 of those years he spent as president of the board.

He held membership in the Omicron Kappa Vpsilon Honor Society; the Seventh District Dentaal Society; the Pennsylvania Dental Association; life member of the American Dental Association. He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Mary's Church, and was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a Past Grand Knight of Barnesboro Council 2277. He held membership in the Patton Municipal Authority, Music Club and Altar-Rosarry Society.

Friends were received at the Joseph E. Stevens Funeral Home on Saturday and Sunday and the Funeral Mass took place Monday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.


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