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Barbara A. Dowhower (Burkert) Fish

December 21, 2021


Barbara A. (Burkert) Dowhower Fish, of rural Orangeville, (Fishing Creek Township) died early Tuesday morning, December 21st, 2021 at the home of her daughter and son-n-law, in Derry Township, Montour County.

Born in Blandon, Lancaster County, she was a daughter of the late Leon and Pearl (Reinert) Burkert.  She and her husband, Loren L. Fish, were married on December 21st, 1989. 

Mrs. Fish was a graduate of Millersburg High School in Lancaster County. 

She and her husband owned and operated the former Hickory Joe's Restaurant and Hickory Joe's Boarding Home in Forks.  She retired in 2000 when they closed the restaurant.

An entrepreneur at heart, she had also operated the Triple D Restaurant with her late husband, Dallas D. Dowhower, Jr., in Bloomsburg prior to opening Hickory Joe's and also had a concession stand at the Bloomsburg Fair.

She loved to cook and bake and her passion in life was to make people happy with her cooking.  She also enjoyed dancing,  bowling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, Loren, are her two daughters:  Carol L. Dowhower Burns of Ft. Myers, Florida; Dorie A. Dowhower Henrie and her husband, Christopher, Danville; two grandchildren:  Kristin L. Burns and Elijah J. Burns; two great grandchildren:  Lyla Ennis and Jonah Jones.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Lunger and by her son-in-law, James M. Burns.

Memorial Services will be held Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at 2 PM at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (State Route 487).  A Visitation will be held Thursday, December 30th, from 1 PM until the time of the Service at 2:00 at McMichael's.  The McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., of  Benton is honored to serve the Fish Family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Geisinger Hospice, 74 School House Road, Suite 104, Danville, PA 17821 or to the Janet Weis Children's Hospital, 100 N. Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822.

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December 30, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
McMichael Funeral Home, Inc.
4394 Red Rock Rd
Benton, PA 17814

Funeral Service
December 30, 2021

2:00 PM
McMichael Funeral Home, Inc.
4394 Red Rock Rd
Benton, PA 17814


Geisinger Home Health and Hospice
410 Glenn Ave. Suite 200, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Janet Weis Children's Hospital
100 N Academy Ave, Danville PA 17822

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