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Meade Goodman Bierly

Meade Goodman Bierly, 78 of Elizabethtown, passed into the spirit world to join his wife on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

Meade was born on June 18, 1943 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania to Kathryn Goodman and Meade Snyder Bierly.

He grew up in McElhattan, rose to the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduated from Lock Haven in 1961.

Meade earned a degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1965 where he met Melissa. In 1965 he married Melissa Pendleton Croft of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

Meade became a permanent resident of Elizabethtown where he was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania New Church Group, which has met monthly since 1969. Meade, after many spiritual conversations, joined the General Church of New Jerusalem in 1989.

Meade began his career as an electrical engineer with AMP, Inc., in Elizabethtown. He received his master’s degree from Penn State – Capital Campus in 1970.

In 1981, Meade and six others started Advanced Conversation Technology in a garage; the company now has more than 110 employees. Meade was an inventive and respected electrical engineer; he was responsible for power supply designs that won influential contracts for the company. He retired after 36 years.

Meade served on the Elizabethtown Borough Council for 40 years and was chairman of many of them.

He has been involved with the Gourmet Club, Bridge Club, Historical Society and GEARS. Additionally, he was a member of the Masonic Fellowship (Abraham C. Triechler Lodge No. 682, F&AM).

Family, friends and acquaintances remember his deep commitment to the community and his family. Meade loved watching PSU football and he enjoyed the tradition of sharing a kiss with Melissa with every touchdown.

He loved volunteering for anything that involved his kids – from boy scouts/boy scouts, to making egg sandwiches and timing Willowood swim meets, to coaching softball.

Normally, if a prank happened in the neighborhood, Meade was involved, and if a window was broken, the children were never blamed because Meade was normally at fault. He loved his trains and his family teased him that he had accidentally become the wrong kind of engineer.

Meade was an excellent cook and he loved baking his famous sticky buns and handing them out to his friends at the annual Christmas Eve party. You could always count on him for a good joke.

Meade was also the master of the 15-minute nap; he could nap anywhere and did so on his many adventures with Melissa and her friends and family.

Meade is survived by one son, Mr. Gregory (Karen), of Mountville, Pennsylvania; daughters, Pamela (Kenneth) Oland, of Snow Hill, Md., and Catherine Diaz of Hudson, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth and Christopher Bierly and Kate Oland; and one brother, Kenneth (Linda) Bierly, of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.

Meade was predeceased by his wife, Melissa (2019); her mother, Kathryn Goodman (1999); her father, Meade Snyder (1985); and an infant son, James Goodman (1969).

To honor Meade, a celebration of life service presided over by the Reverend Prescott Rogers will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, with a time and location to be determined.

Interment will be in Elizabethtown Mennonite Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Meade’s name may be made at GEARS, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 or Winters Heritage House Museum, PO Box 14, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.


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