Update March 9
Update March 9, 2010
The sad news was received this past week that friend, former congregant, and website reader, Sparkle White Bua, died in California where she had been resident for the past twenty-three years. In Valley Stream, where her children were schooled, she lived on East Fairview Avenue, across the street from the Ballou-DiSalvo home. Here is the death notice that appeared in the newspapers in Carlsbad CA and Johnstown PA. The notice inadvertently omitted Sparkle's husband of more than fifty years, John, as surviving her. He lives in Carlsbad CA. I asked for and received the accompanying photo of Sparkle from son Joe, with whom I have exchanged Emails once earlier, about our daughter Gwen who was his classmate at Central H. S. The death notice does hint at Sparkle's intelligence, a quickness of wit and observation which I found very appealing. Her Christian name accurately describes my lasting impression of her.
Bua, Sparkle D. (White) passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Irvine, Calif. Born June 10, 1934, in Altoona, to Richard K. and Florence I. White. She was named valedictorian of the Johnstown High School, Class of 1952. Mrs. Bua retired from a career as an IT professional with specialization in insurance administration in 1994 after graduating with highest honors from a certificate program from Control Data Inc., in 1984. She married John A. Bua in New York in 1958 and moved to Southern California in 1987, living in Fountain Valley, Calif., and most recently Carlsbad, Calif. They raised three children in Valley Stream, N.Y.: Dr. William Bua, who resides in Laurel, Md., and Adelina Bua and Joseph Bua, both of Carlsbad, Calif., who survive her; as well as a sister, Victoria (White) Tomikawa, Los Angeles, Calif.; and countless in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends in the Greater Johnstown area, the New York metropolitan area and throughout Southern California. There will be a memorial service held in March in Southern California to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the "http://www.arthritis.org".