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Obituary for Sara McClain

October 31, 2018
Newtown, Pennsylvania


McClain, Sara Elizabeth Wilkes Byelich, 90 years of age, from Newtown PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at Pickering Manor Home.

Sara's life can be easily summed up with the word 'family'. Born the second of 7 children to the late Alvin and Mabel Forsythe Wilkes, her early years set the tone for the rest of her earthly life, for Sara was destined to become the matriarch of 126 (and counting) members of her family!

Sara was preceded in death by her first husband, Michael John Byelich Sr. They were blessed with 13 children, 3 of whom who left them too early; her sons Michael John Byelich Jr., Gerald Walker Byelich and her eldest daughter, Martha Joan Byelich Thompson. Sara also had to say sad good byes to her grandson, Raymond Walker Byelich, son-in-law Stanley W. Johnson Jr.; her sister Helen Wilkes Ford and her older brother, John Edward Wilkes.

Sara is survived by her children, Howard and his wife Lena; her daughter-in-law Lori Byelich;, son in-law, Charles Thompson, Doris and her husband Ken Ehret, Susan Byelich and her husband Dan Matthews, David and his wife, Jody; Lori and her husband Paul Markloff; Jim and his wife Julie; Sara and her husband Joseph Weight; Marijean Byelich Johnson; Terri and her husband Dominic Brunell; Mark and his wife Tasha; her 37 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; her sisters Enola Esther Wilkes Woodward Lownes; Martha Wilkes Hofmann Irwin; Laura Evelyn Wilkes Briesky and her husband Larry; and her brother Howard Alvin Wilkes Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sara is also survived by her childhood "beau", Francis Charles McClain, who when reunited with Sara later in life, quickly asked her to marry him and they were given 27 happy years together! Pop-Pop Frank, as the family fondly refers to him, became "one of them" and gave Sara the "golden years" of her dreams.
Sara lived most of her life in Newtown, graduating from Newtown High School as Valedictorian and earned her spending money working at the Newtown Bowling Lanes and the Delaware Valley Advance. While raising her children, Sara worked as a bookkeeper for the Towne Shoppe/Village Lady in Newtown and was later employed by the Grey Nuns and then builder, Bruce Lesser.

Sara enjoyed all the familiar games and past times popular when she was a child, but the gift of knitting and crocheting she gleaned from her Father, at a young age, is what benefited all that were in her life through the years. The mittens, gloves, scarves, slippers, doilies, socks, baby blankets and tablecloths were treasured gifts she freely shared. Her creations won many Florida State Fair Ribbons but these palled in comparison to the hugs and thanks she received from her family, for what will become a timeless reminder of her and her love.

Sara's family will receive friends and relatives on Saturday, November 10th from 1 to 2pm at the Swartz Givnish Funeral Home, Newtown, PA, with a memorial service at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers to commemorate Sara's life, a donation can be sent to the Community Welfare Council of Newtown, Inc. or the organization of your choosing.

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Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
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